TAKING OFF: Westlawn?s Nathan Blanch gets airborne
TAKING OFF: Westlawn?s Nathan Blanch gets airborne

Adamson notches ton No. 2

By TONY WHITE

IN seasons gone by, GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst's Chris Adamson was considered a tear- away, lethal fast bowler who on occasions, was a handy lower order batsman. This season the 29-year-old has taken on added responsibili- ty with a new-look Tucabia out- fit under captain Damien Rouse. And he has responded admi- rably to the challenge, particu- larly with his batting. Adamson's new found batting prowess reached a season high on Saturday when he cracked his second ever Premier League century in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union crick- et match against Westlawn Grafton Hotel at McKittrick Park. Although giving three chances ? the first before he even added a run ? Adamson scored 115 to provide the mainstay of Tuca- bia's first innings total of 221. Last year Adamson's maiden ton ? 103 against East Royal Tavern ? gave him great satis- faction, but Saturday's effort was particularly pleasing. "This season I've been happy to take on a more senior role. We've got a lot of young play- ers and some out of form," Adamson said. "I've just tried to take more responsibility and give Damien and the team support. "I'm valuing my wicket more. "I've tried to do that for the

past couple of seasons. Before when I batted down the order I'd play like a number nine, 10 or 11. Now I'm up the order I'm trying to take more pride in my wicket. "It was great to score my first century last season but this one is more satisfying. Westlawn are a top side for years and it's always nice to score runs against them. "After last week (Tucabia dis- missed for 84 against South) our confidence was down but to be truthful, it's really good for a change to have a competitive total to bowl against." Rouse was surprised when ri- val Tony Blanch won the toss and elected to send Tucabia in to bat. "It was a juicy wicket early," Rouse said. "And we were in trouble ear- ly at 4-22, but 'Ado' and I man- aged a 50-odd run partnership which steadied the ship," Rouse said. Indeed, Westlawn was on top early with Brad Lloyd (6), Matt Blanch (2) and Andrew Buchan- an (0) falling to a rampaging Andrew Firth, while opener Daniel Cootes (12) was out to Nathan Blanch. The Adamson-Rouse partner- ship proved vital. Adamson then combined for another good partnership with Adam Dewberry (17) to help bump up Tucabia's total. "A lot of the boys stuck their hands up and hung around as

long as possible," Adamson said. Rouse said Adamson hit 'a couple of big sixes', adding his innings 'was very good'. "Chris's temperament was re- ally good. While wickets were falling around him, he stayed solid," Rouse said.

Blanch toiled long and hard with his off-spinners and was rewarded with figures of 6-60 off 23.5 overs. Firth bowled 22 overs for 3-52. Adamson, now back bowling fast after recovering from shoul- der and elbow problems, opened the bowling for Tucabia with

Tim Gallagher.

Gallagher picked up the vital wickets of Daniel Amos (5) and Tim Grosser (13), with Shaun Ulrick (13) and Mark Robinson (0) the not out batsmen.

Westlawn will resume next week at 2-31.



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