Disson leads way for Tucabia
Opening bowler Jason Disson stepped up in the absence of three key players to help GI Tucabia Copmanhurst restrict South Services to a manageable total in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League cricket match at Ellem Oval.
Tucabia went into the match without Damien Rouse, who was getting married, as well as Chris Adamson and Matt Blanch, who both attended the wedding.
But Disson's six-wicket performance allowed Tucabia to dismiss South for 178, although that total could have been far less.
Tucabia allowed South to creep back into the match late in the day, losing two wickets before the close of play to be 2-9.
South won the toss and with the mercury tipping 40 degrees skipper Brett Woods showed no hesitation in batting first.
Disson and fellow quick Tim Gallagher were on top from the opening ball.
Jason Thompson and Matt Kroehnert were the only members of South's top six to reach double figures, and they only made 12 and 11 respectively.
South was reeling at 6-41 and it should have been 7-41 when Mark Laybutt was dropped first ball. He made Tucabia pay for the mistake.
Laybutt and Brad Robertson put on an 85-run partnership, with Andrew Buchanan ending the stand when he had Robertson caught by Trent Dickson for 32.
Matt Peterson then joined Laybutt at the crease and the pair compiled a 49-run partnership. Peterson was dismissed by Gallagher for 31.
Laybutt's knock of 60 saved South from a potentially embarrassing total.
Tucabia faced three testing overs late in the day, with the conditions changing rapidly as a storm approached Grafton.
A brilliant reflex catch by Ryan Lynch at silly mid off from the bowling of Peterson had Scott Miller trudging back to the pavilion.
Jason Thompson then rattled the woodwork with the first ball of his second over to dismiss Daniel Cootes.
One more ball was bowled before stumps was called due to bad light at 5.15pm.