Sawtell batsman Chris Neal takes evasive action against a torrid Bellinger Valley bowling attack in the match at Brelsford Park.
Sawtell batsman Chris Neal takes evasive action against a torrid Bellinger Valley bowling attack in the match at Brelsford Park. Leigh Jensen

PBBC Colts play the frontrunning game in clash with Diggers

ANOTHER strong batting performance has Park Beach Bowling Club Colts cruising in the tangle with Plantation Diggers at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park.

A fine 83 from Ian Slapp that included nine boundaries and four sixes set the template.

After Matt Rose departed on 3-89, Slapp poured on the pressure and helped push the score along to 163 before losing his wicket to the bowling of Joe Willman.

Ben Sims then took control with 52 prime runs that now have the side in the box seat after finishing their innings on 249.

Diggers shared the wickets around with Rhys Tolhurst posting the best figures of 2/10 from 2.3 overs.

After spending 14 overs in the middle, Diggers were 2/59 at stumps with Alex Byrne (30) and Russell Gardner (15) the not out batsmen.

Details are sketchy from the match between Bellinger Valley and Sawtell at Brelsford Park.

What is known is Sawtell batted first and after 12 overs were 5/35.

What transpired from there appears to be an unsolved mystery.

Looking across the day, it was the Diggers club stealing the honours.

Fourth grade batsman Ryan Bennett posted the first century of the 2013-14 summer with an unbeaten 125 against his club's second side.

In the same match, team mate Justin Sheldon reached every Aussie batsman's "devil's number" of 87 before being dismissed.

Second grade trundler Ken Hoad produced exceptional figures of 6/33 against Sawtell.