Tucabia kings of the night

GI HOTEL Tucabia Copmanhurst clinched The Daily Examiner/South Services Club night cricket final over Westlawn Grafton Hotel on Friday night in a match which had it all ? great cricket, top individual performances and great crowd support.

About 300 spectators witnessed a crackerjack match under lights at McKittrick Park for the Neil and Coral Frame night shield.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Tucabia, on a very well-prepared wicket, compiled a match-winning total of 194 from its 30 overs.

Damien Rouse made a well-complied 60 at the top of the order, supported by Matt Blanch batting at number three (34). Andrew Buchanan knocked up 24 which enabled Tucabia to put themselves in a match-winning position.

Westlawn's left-arm quick, Rohan Hackett, gave the top order a torrid time with pace and accuracy, finishing with 2/10 from his five overs.

He was supported by Andrew Firth (3/24) and right arm spinner and captain, Tony Blanch (2/44).

Westlawn's innings started well with BJ Purser and Andrew Firth belting the Tucabia attack to all parts of the oval.

The scoreline raced to 62 when Tucabia struck through Matt Pigg bowling his right arm off breaks. Pigg enticed Purser down the wicket and with the ball lofted into the deep mid-off, Trent Dickson took a great catch to send Purser back to the sheds for 60.

Tucabia's tight line and length attack put the brakes on and the runs were drying up, which put Westlawn well behind the required run rate.

Tucabia claimed the prized wicket of Andrew Firth when Rouse accepted a sharp chance at mid-on from the bowling of Aaron Amos. The match suddenly took a turn for the worse for Westlawn.

Wickets began to tumble under the pressure, but a 60-run fifth-wicket partnership between Daniel Purser and Brad Inmon put Westlawn back in with a chance. When Inmon was run out for 31 and with overs running out, Tucabia had one hand on the shield.

Purser scored a patient 31 not out when the 30th over was completed and Westlawn finished on 7/164, 31 runs short of the required total.

Right arm pacer Trent Dickson took the bowling honours for the champions taking 2/10 from five overs. He was supported by Aaron Amos (2/36) and Matt Pigg (1/19).

The trophy for the player of the finals series which included the elimination final was awarded to Tucabia captain Damien Rouse.

The 'player of the night competition' will be announced at the association's annual presentation evening to be held at the South Services Club on Saturday, April 8.



Tuc.-Cop. GI Hotel innings:

D ROUSE c Speechley b Firth60

R McKENZIE lbw Chevalley13

M BLANCH c Speechley b Firth34

M PIGG c Wilson b Firth3

A AMOS c Purser b T Blanch16

A BUCHANAN run out (Wilson)24

S AMOS b Hackett10

T DICKSON b Hackett1

G WATKINS b T Blanch2

S DALTON run out (Hackett)7

B LLOYD not out0



Fall: 44, 124, 124, 140, 148, 170, 172, 177, 194, 194.

Bowling: R Hackett 2/10, N Blanch 0/43, J Chevalley 1/26, B Speechley 0/32, T Blanch 2/44, A Firth 3/24.

Westlawn Crown Hotel innings:

BJ PURSER c Dickson b Pigg60

A FIRTH c Rouse b Amos11

S ULRICK lbw Dickson11

R HACKETT b Dickson4

D PURSER not out31

B INMON run out31

J CHEVALLEY run out0

S WILSON b Amos0

T BLANCH not out1



Fall: 62, 91, 94, 95, 154, 155, 162.

Bowling: D Rouse 0/16, S Dalton 0/42, M Pigg 1/19, A Amos 2/36, T Dickson 2/10, B Lloyd 0/36.

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