ELI THE DE­STROYER

The Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW ELKERTON [email protected]­lyex­am­iner.com.au

CRICKET: Coutts-Coffs Colts sounded a warn­ing to the rest of the North Coast Premier League com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end after the side steam­rolled Dig­gers at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park.

Led by the seam­ing ef­forts of young gun Eli Fahey (4 for 8 off 6), Colts se­cured back-to-back wins to start the sec­ond half of the sea­son with their 10-wicket ef­fort.

After Dig­gers won the toss and elected to bat, only Ty Adams (10) and James Bel­lamy (16) were able to reach dou­ble fig­ures as they slumped to a sea­son low score of 47.

It was the mid­dle-or­der de­struc­tion led by Fahey and seam part­ner Scott Jen­nings (4 for 21 off 4) that did the dam­age for Colts, but Fahey said the credit be­longed to some­thing else.

“It wasn’t me, it was the deck that did all the work,” he said. “The ball was cut­ting both ways off the deck, I just had to slow it down and bowl back of a length.

“To be hon­est Pagey (Zac Page) and our other opener Ai­den Statham did all the hard work. They were dot­ting them up all af­ter­noon, putting the pres­sure on and I just picked up the scraps.”

The Colts made light work of the run chase, with open­ers Billy Car­roll (12) and Luke Cox (35) re­main­ing un­beaten as the passed the to­tal in­side 10 overs.

The Colts’ vic­tory means they nar­row the gap on Dig­gers in the

‘‘ IT WASN’T ME, IT WAS THE DECK THAT DID ALL THE WORK. THE BALL WAS CUT­TING BOTH WAYS OFF THE DECK, I JUST HAD TO SLOW IT DOWN AND BOWL BACK OF A LENGTH. ELI FAHEY

bat­tle for third spot on the NCPL lad­der.

“It was good to get a dom­i­nant win like that, we had strug­gled a bit lead­ing up to Christ­mas but now we have got­ten two on the trot,” Fahey said. “Our open­ers didn’t strug­gle with the pitch at all, Coxy really went after the ball and even bombed a cou­ple over the rope. They bat­ted with the right in­tent.”

Colts se­nior player Matt Rose said the side was grow­ing with con­fi­dence after each game.

“It was a good win es­pe­cially for our younger play­ers who are start­ing to be­lieve,” he said.

“The boys have been train­ing the house down, es­pe­cially in the hol­i­days, and it is a nice re­ward for the play­ers.

“There’s a good vibe go­ing around the club at the mo­ment.”

In other NCPL ac­tion Sawtell main­tained their stran­gle­hold on the com­pe­ti­tion with a six-wicket win against Star Ho­tel Nam­bucca Val­ley.

Photo: Sam Flana­gan

SU­PER BOWL: Eli Fahey bowled an in­cred­i­ble spell for the Coutts-Coffs Colts on Sat­ur­day against Dig­gers.

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