Sawtell palms were very sore after all those high-fives after all those tumbling PBBC Colts wickets.
Sawtell palms were very sore after all those high-fives after all those tumbling PBBC Colts wickets. Rob Wright

Sawtell skittle Colts after the home side bats fail to fire

SECOND grade batsmen Ben Sims and Troy Britnell delivered the best evidence possible to Park Beach Bowling Club selectors a couple of weeks back why first grade selection should be considered.

Against Woolgoolga in round 12, Sims scored 154 and Britnell 120.

Moving right along to this weekend's round 14 matches and previous efforts by the lower graders were looking good on a day when the first grade men could only manage a combined total of 62 in a first innings disaster against Sawtell.

Despite the home ground advantage of Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park, Colts continued their summer of underachievement.

At one stage in pre-season discussions, the club was being freely tipped as the side to beat.

For the men in blue baggy caps, David Langford-Smith was chief destroyer with ball then bat.

Sawtell quickly raced to 190 to take first innings points and with the match being played over two days, began the chase for an innings victory.

In the second visit to the crease, Colts were 0-10 at stumps.

At Rowe Oval in Dorrigo, Plantation Diggers won the toss and batted into the 41st over for their 141 runs.

Against a rejuvenated Bellinger Valley that might have proved a problematic tally, had not the home side stumbled to 8-55 after 31 overs to leave them still clinging to life but in reality, just two wickets away from a first innings loss.