SMASH HIT: Sawtell opener Ricky Welsh goes the tonk on his way to a match-altering 59 runs. Photo: Gemima Harvey
SMASH HIT: Sawtell opener Ricky Welsh goes the tonk on his way to a match-altering 59 runs. Photo: Gemima Harvey

Sawtell through to grand final as rain plays havoc again

PERHAPS it was going to be this way all along, with Sawtell through to this weekend's Coffs Harbour District cricket grand final to defend the crown against minor premiers Plantation Diggers.

While another rained-out game helped give the Blue Caps a leg-up through their higher standing against Park Beach Bowling Club Colts, it was a superb 59 by opener Ricky Welsh that showed they are not going to surrender the title without one last mighty effort.

Vanquished Colts captain Matt Rose tips Sawtell to go all the way.

"Rain aside, Sawtell still had to work mighty hard to win against what was easily our best effort of the season," Rose said.

"Being around the game a while it told me that's just what they wanted to top off their preparation.

"Diggers will have their hands full, particularly if good weather allows a fair contest."

After losing the toss, Colts were faced with only one strategy.

"On that ground there would be no sense in going after leg-before decisions, so it was a case of taking your catches," Rose said.

"We had them 3-17 and they had the job in front and I was so happy to dismiss them for a total of 131.

"We needed a clear run and had 12 runs on the board when the weather turned nasty.

"The umpires then called it off for safety reasons but still, I was happy with a great effort."

Rose said the best two sides will be on display next weekend at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park.

"Diggers and Sawty have done best of everybody and deserve to be there on the biggest day of the year," he said.