Most of the damage caused by Sawtell's Richie Gallichan on Saturday was done with bat rather than the ball.
Most of the damage caused by Sawtell's Richie Gallichan on Saturday was done with bat rather than the ball. Brad Greenshields

Sawtell gets right back into its groove

SAWTELL showed few signs of rust in its first outing of the season.

Coffs Colts posted a challenging total thanks largely to a half century from Luke Cox.

Teenaged bowler David Schutt claimed four wickets for Sawtell to restrict the Colts to 195.

The reigning premier reached the target for the loss of only three wickets, with Richie Gallichan unbeaten at the end only one run short of a century.

He was ably supported by opener Ricky Welsh, who made 65.

Sawtell has the bye next week, meaning due to a series of circumstances the reining premier will have only played once in the first five weeks of the season.

The week off may be a blessing for captain Brad Lewis, who suffered a knee injury in the field.

Another veteran of Coffs Harbour cricket didn't have any such injury concerns. In fact he wound the clock back.

Stephen Meakins compiled a hard hitting 83 at the Hockey Fields.

The knock included 12 boundaries and a six to help Diggers recover from 6-53, but it wasn't enough to haul in the Nana Glen total of 226.

Nana Glen's innings was built on even contributions at the top of the order with Troy Boulton (48), Brodie Bartlett (42) and Jack Ireland getting the innings off to a great start before Joel Scurr chimed in late with 48.

The total of 226 could have been greater if Nana Glen didn't lose its last five wickets for only eight runs while trying to up the tempo in the late overs.

Four of those wickets were taken by Julian Hulbert, who finished with the figures of 5-25 while also contributing 28 with the bat.

This weekend sees Diggers travel to Dorrigo while Coffs Colts meet Nana Glen.

FIRST GRADE

Nana Glen 226 (T. Boulton 48, J. Scurr 48, B. Bartlett 42, J.Hulbert 5-25) def Diggers 192 (S. Meakins 83, J. Bartlett 4-38).

Sawtell 3-196 (R. Gallichan 99 n.o, R. Welsh 65) def Coffs Colts 195 (L. Cox 66, D. Schutt 4-28).