Sawtell win title in a canter
EVEN IN his wildest dreams leading up to the grand final, Sawtell captain Brad Lewis never envisaged rolling Nana Glen's big reputation batting line-up for only 46.
Sawtell quick Ben Andrews started the collapse early taking four wickets to have the Lizards reeling at 4-14.
Just as captain Justin Saker and wicketkeeper Tim Anderson looked like steadying the ship for Nana Glen, the last six wickets fell for only 11 runs.
Richie Gallichan extracted plenty of turn from the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park wicket to put Sawtell in a dominant position with his four wickets taking Nana Glen from 4-35 to 8-37.
Lewis admitted that it was clearly the best bowling performance from his team this summer.
"We've got a great bowling attack but we struggled with the ball earlier in the year but the stood up this week with Benny (Andrews) and Richie (Gallichan) doing the job for us," Lewis said.
"We didn't expect to roll them for 46 but we'll take that any day of the week."
The match was over as a contest almost as quickly as it begun and Sawtell passed the required total in the 11th over for the loss of only one wicket.
Play continued for an hour on Sunday as the Sawtell batsmen snuffed out any hopes Nana Glen had of a miracle come from behind victory.
Lewis said Nana Glen was as much to blame for the collapse as his bowlers were.
"There weren't many demons out there but they just didn't have much application with the bat," he said.
"They just tried to hit out a little bit, our bowlers put it in the right area and just made them make their mistakes."
Saker, who top scored with an unbeaten 15, agreed that his team let itself down on the biggest stage.
"A couple of us tried to dig in but the other blokes just thought otherwise," he said.
"That's what happens when you've got blokes who like to have swing, that's their game.
"When they came out they'd ask what do you want us to do. I said hang in with me but if you want to go for it then make sure you go for it if you're not going to hang around."
In reply Tim Welsford (62) and Trent Mitchell (41) ensured the premiership trophy would remain in Sawtell's hands for another 12 months.
Nana Glen 1st Innings
|N STANLAN-VELT||c R Welsh||b B Andrews||7|
|B McPHERSON||b B Andrews||0|
|B BARTLETT||c R Welsh||b B Andrews||3|
|J SAKER||not out||15|
|J IRELAND||lbw||b B Andrews||0|
|T ANDERSON||lbw||b R Gallichan||12|
|J SCURR||c B Lewis||b R Gallichan||0|
|T BOULTON||st R Welsh||b R Gallichan||2|
|J BARTLETT||c T Dierick||b R Gallichan||0|
|A NUGENT||c P Jeffrey||b T Welsford||5|
|J LANDSDOWNE||b T Welsford||0|
Fall: 0 (McPherson), 7 (Stanlan-Velt), 14 (B Bartlett), 14 (Ireland), 35 (Anderson), 35 (Scurr), 37 (Boulton), 37 (J Bartlett), 46 (Nugent), 46 (Landsdowne).
Bowling: B Andrews 14-6-19-4, D Angus-Crouch 8-2-14-0, R Gallichan 7-2-9-4, T Welsford 1.4-0-2-2.
Sawtell 1st Innings
|R WELSH||c T Anderson||b J Bartlett||14|
|T MITCHELL||c A Nugent||b N Stanlan-Velt||41|
|T WELSFORD||c B Bartlett||b J Bartlett||62|
|R GALLICHAN||c T Anderson||b J Landsdowne||14|
|T DIERICK||c T Boulton||b J Guthrie||27|
|M OATES||not out||8|
|P JEFFREY||not out||1|
|Sundries:||(1nb, 2w, 2b, 3lb)||8|
|Total:||(60 overs)||5 wkts for||175|
Fall: 28 (Welsh), 69 (Mitchell), 105 (Gallichan), 163 (Welsford), 173 (Dierick).
Bowling: J Scurr 7-1-21-0, J Bartlett 13-1-40-2, B Bartlett 1-0-10-0, J Saker 3-0-20-0, N Stanlan-Velt 11-1-32-1, A Nugent 11-2-13-0, J Guthrie 8-0-23-1, J Landsdowne 6-0-11-1.
Sawtell won by 9 wickets.