Tucabia-Copmanhurst defy Westlawn bowlers
A DEFIANT fifth-wicket stand between Chris Adamson and Andrew Buchanan helped propel GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst into the box seat in their match against MI Organics Westlawn.
Westlawn's decision to field on Saturday paid instant dividends when they claimed the prized wicket of Dan Cootes with just the third ball of the innings.
Tucabia fought back from the early blow but the game was on a knife's edge when Adamson walked to the crease with the score at 5-100.
"It was a bit different to be bowling first," Adamson said.
"We had a disastrous start and were in a bit of strife when I came out."
Adamson and Buchanan, who finished unbeaten on 82, combined to get Tucabia out of trouble and steered them to an imposing 8(dec)-236.
Their 99-run partnership came to an end when Adamson was caught behind for 48.
"It definitely changed the game for us," Adamson said.
"We managed to get past 200 as well which we haven't done yet so it was pretty positive."
While Buchanan and Adamson led the way with the bat, they were well supported by Bob McKenzie and Matt Pigg.
"Macca got 31 and Piggy chimed in with 27 so they played a good role for us," Adamson said.
In reply, Westlawn were in trouble at 3-30 after being forced to bat for the final hour of the day.
Captain Jason Chevally, who had a long day in the unfamiliar role of wicketkeeping, said he was happy with the way his understrength team had performed.
"We had quite a few players out and Charlie (Dan Amos) pulled out with a back injury on Friday," he said.
"Our bowlers went really well against them and I couldn't be happier with how they went."
Chevally made a point of mentioning his bowlers, or more importantly the 'keeper, gave away no byes.
"I didn't let any byes past me so that was pretty good," Chevally said.
"The bowlers were very disciplined but they (Tucabia batsmen) just kept putting the good balls away."
Despite the loss of early wickets, Chevally was confident his team could chase down the total.
"We've got a lot of guys coming back next week that will help us out a lot," he said.
"Charlie, Ken Wilson and Shaun Ulrick are going to pad up for us and I'm sure we can get them."
Westlawn seamer Nathan Blanch starred with the ball, picking up five wickets for the second game in a row.