A little ray of sunshine for White
WITH their gun batsmen back in the pavilion Tucabia White will be hoping their tail can wag against Coutts Crossing at Ulmarra.
Matt Pigg, Matt Blanch, Bob McKenzie and Chris Adamson were all dismissed cheaply last week with Ray Barnett the only remaining recognised batsmen.
In reply to Coutts total of 163 Tucabia are reeling at 7-112 with Barnett at the crease on 34 and wicket-keeper batsmen Ron Mitchell (1 not out).
The week 1 result left the cellar-dwelling Coutts – with nothing to play for in the season’s closing stages – on the brink of one of the biggest upsets of the season.
Despite just three wickets in the sheds and needing another 52 to grab first dig points, Tucabia White captain Adamson says all is not lost and has confidence in his four remaining batsmen to get his side out of jail.
“Ray has just come off a half-century and has been in form with the bat. With Ray and Rod at the crease hopefully they can get us over the line,” Adamson said.
“We also have Kyle Hancock and Adrian Boyd to bat so we are still in with a chance of picking up first innings points.”
Adamson, who is absent from today’s game, says it is paramount his batsmen don’t panic and concentrate on securing the runs needed.
Much of the responsibility will rest on the shoulders of Barnett, who has been the only White batsman to resist a surprisingly inspired Coutts bowling brigade.
“We have to bat sensibly and make sure we get close or pass Coutts total,” he said.
“We will focus on getting the runs and if not try and pick up some bonus points.
“Coutts second innings record is not that good. Other sides in the past have managed to bowl Coutts out in their second dig for under 100.”
Losing Adamson and Tom Cootes at such a crucial time in the match is not an ideal situation for Tucabia, who are hanging on to third place in the competition by a thread.
With Brothers and Harwood a real chance of picking up outright points in their matches, Tucabia could see themselves slip further down the pecking order.
Pigg will captain the side in Adamson’s absence.
The news doesn’t get any better for Tucabia who play competition heavy weights Westlawn in their final round game.
Coutts may be sitting on the bottom of the Premier League table but would like nothing more than to upset Tucabia’s chances of making the four.
Early wickets will be the key and if Coutts’ Israel Simpson can repeat his bowling performance from last week where he took 3-34 Tucabia will have a battle on their hands.
Premier League ladder
Tucabia White 83.52
Tucabia Blue 78.32
South Services 58.90
Coutts Crossing 40.49