REIGNING Harvey Norman B grade premiers Coleraine were smashed by St Andrew’s batsman Robbie Phillips to all parts of the ground, in the match of the round in the HDCA B grade competition on Saturday.
Coleraine was sent in by Craig Dimond in a surprise move, which paid dividends as the Maroons batsmen failed to score freely.
Only 51 runs were on the board for the loss of Scott Addinsal and Liam Kaine at the drinks break and Coleraine knew that it had to score more freely upon resumption if it was to trouble the current ladder leaders on their home ground.
Only Josh Lewis and Angus Dundon got going for the Maroons as the final score finished on 6-120, which was always going to be too few on the hard wicket.
The Drew’s had a bright start due to skipper Crag Dimond taking a liking to the Coleraine opening attack as the score raced to 28 before David McCallum was dismissed by David Jones for only one.
Phillips joined Dimond and the pair added 51 for the second wicket before Dimond was bowled by Paul Ferguson for 32, but Phillips carried on as he raced past personal milestones as the bowlers had no answer for his powerful stroke play.
He was finally out for 119 in the 38th over in an innings that included 10 boundaries and four sixes as the ball went to all parts of the ground as the all-rounder took the long handle to the bowlers in what was only his second match of the season.
St Andrew’s finished on 5-214 as they swept Coleraine from the ground to cement top place on the ladder while Coleraine is a ghost of the team that raised the premiership trophy aloft last summer and they need to regroup quickly if they are to defend their title.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, December 12, 2013