Wheels fall off Tucabia run
By TONY WHITE
AT 2-179, with plenty of wickets in hand and well within reach of South Services first innings total of 288, G I Hotel Tuca- bia-Copmanhurst captain Damien Rouse and his team were in a confident mood at Ellem Oval on Saturday. But in an incredible collapse ? Tucabia lost its last seven wickets for 36 ? South escaped with a Houdini-like win in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match. "The wheels just fell off," Tucabia's Chris Adamson said yesterday. Rouse had got the start he desperately wanted. Openers Greg Watkins (92) and Graeme Egan (29) put on a 114-run partnership before Egan was lbw to Ryan Lynch. Tuc- abia 1-114. Bob McKenzie was next to go for 43. Tucabia, 2-166.
Even after losing Watkins following a fine innings for his new club, Tucabia re- mained confident they could haul in South's total at 3-180. However, the rot and a South team that noticeably lifted, drastically altered proceedings. "After Greg went, it was disheartening for him not to get his 100, he deserved it, we were still in with a great chance and confident we could get the runs," Adamson said. "But after the tea break, the wheels just seemed to fall off. "South had toiled hard all day in the heat in the morning session and I don't know what happened, but after the tea break they came out with a different ap- proach. "Matt Kroehnert had managed to tie down an end real well, he bowled consis- tent and tight. "When Damien and I were in the middle he was still confident. He even said don't go into a shell, just play my natural game."
Rouse went for 2 caught at first slip by Will Weston off Matt Peterson's bowling trying to cut a ball too close to him.
Adamson was out to a contentious lbw decision off Kroehnert's bowling.
Matt Pigg earlier fell to Peterson for 5.
Kroehnert and Jason Thompson ripped through the tail end to send Tucabia plummeting to a hard-felt loss.
"Without taking anything away from South it was a match that got away from us," Adamson said.
Kroehnert finished with 4-57, Peterson 3-66, Thompson 2-33 and Ryan Lynch Page, 1-19.
At stumps South were 2-46 in its second innings.