Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sawtell Made to Win the Hard Way

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Sawtell Made to Win the Hard Way

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Byline: Brad Greenshields

SAWTELL has continued its period of CHDCA dominance by winning its third straight first grade cricket premiership.

The hard-fought win over a spirited Nana Glen not only capped off an undefeated season but it was Sawtell's 10th title in 14 years.

A quick glance of the scorecard suggests the weekend's result was a fait accompli with Sawtell passing Nana Glen's first innings total for the loss of only four wickets.

Simplifying the match that way doesn't tell the tale of how the vanquished refused to throw the towel in.

Shortly after that moment, all Sawtell had to do was probably bat out until the tea break for the loss of only a couple more wickets for all parties to agree that no other result could be reached but Nana Glen claimed four wickets for only five runs to breathe life into the contest.

Victorious captain Richie Gallichan said staying at the crease longer after the first innings result was decided could have made Sawtell's life a whole lot easier.

"We were very disappointed with our batting in the first innings. We had a chance to kill the game and take it out of Nana Glen's reach and we didn't do that," he said.

"We got ourselves into a little bit of a precarious situation where we had to go and survive 15 overs and they were obviously going to be fired up and they were."

A come from behind outright victory at this stage was still unlikely as there was little more than half a day of play remaining but where there's hope there's fight.

Trailing by 31 runs after the first innings, Nana Glen batted a second time to give their bowlers something to bowl. At the end of the day they had batted at close to seven runs an over for 16 overs to grab an an 80-run lead before declaring.

Sawtell only needed to bat out 15 overs to be the premier but lost two wickets in the first four overs to create some nerves. …

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