Rouse saves Tucabia from embarrassment
By TONY WHITE
A BELLIGERENT 78 from GI Hotel Tucabia- Copmanhurst captain Damien Rouse saved his team from total collapse against Harwood Hil- ton at Ellem Oval.
After batting first, Tucabia was in all sorts of trouble early slumping to 3-2. Rouse, however, played almost a lone hand while batsmen fell like nine pins around him. "That's the best I've seen Damien bat all season," Harwood captain Tim McMahon said. "It was a very good innings." Rouse scored 78 of his team's first innings 155. At times he grafted runs, while on other oc- casions he played full faced shots around the ground. His partnership with Scott Amos (24) proved vital after opener Scott Miller (2) and Daniel Cootes and Adam Dewberry fell for ducks. Frontline bowler Dave Cowan took his sea- son's wicket haul to 31 after snaring 6-26 from 17 overs, including five maidens. "Dave bowled really well but several of our other bowlers were below their best," McMa- hon said. "He bowled for the first hour in very hot conditions then cleaned up the tail." Cowan was ably supported by the club's leading wicket taker, Peter Hickey. Hickey finished with 3-45 from nine overs to take his season's total to 37, the best in the Premier League competition. Harwood's run chase started disastrously. Opener Jason Hughes was lbw to Jason Disson from the first ball of the innings. Then Nathan Ensbey (7) was caught off the gloves by Daniel Cootes, Mark Ensbey (9) dabbed at a ball outside off stump and was caught at third slip and Hickey smashed a ball to mid-off straight into the waiting hands of Brett Paxton. Harwood will resume at 4-37 with Ed Mun- day (10no) and McMahon (7no) at the crease.