Seamers spark comeback as Tucabia claims points
CRCA premiers Tucabia-Copmanhurst dodged a bullet on Saturday, bouncing back from a horror start to beat Coutts Crossing by six runs.
Bundled out for just 106, the defending premiers were staring down the barrel of defeat when Coutts Crossing got off to a flyer in the run chase, belting 45 off the first five overs without loss.
But the dismissal of Luke Cox (24) triggered a batting collapse that ended with Coutts Crossing finishing six runs short.
Brad Chard lit the fuse at the start of the day with a venomous spell of fast bowling.
Chard, who finished with 3-17 off eight overs, combined with Adam Elliott (3-27 off 4.5) to rip through the top order with Tucabia reduced to 5-35 before a lower-order fightback.
"Chardy bowled well," said Tucabia captain Bob McKenzie, who was dismissed by Chard without scoring.
"All the boys who faced him said how well he bowled through the air."
Daniel Blackman (2-30 off 7) and Aaron Webb (2-22 off 5) also impressed with the ball as only Andrew Buchanan provided significant resistance.
Buchanan compiled an unbeaten 36, including a valuable 26-run last-wicket stand with Josh Gorman (10).
Coutts captain Tim Tilse (15) and Cox played their shots early and went about quickly reducing the deficit.
But Chris Adamson (3-48 off 7) and Nathan Essex (6-23 off 6) combined to orchestrate an incredible comeback.
Elliott (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures but he ran out of partners with Coutts all out after 17 overs.
"You always have to back yourself when you've got the runs on the board, even when it's a low total," McKenzie said.
"But at 0 for 45 Coutts probably should've won from there.
"But Esso bowled stump to stump and Ado got into a bit of rhythm and they bowled really well."
Tilse was left to lament what could've been after a praiseworthy effort in the field.
"It's a pretty disappointing result after the way we fielded," Tilse said.
"It was the best we've bowled this year and the best I've seen Chardy bowl in a couple of years. He was getting a lot of swing and troubled the batsmen.
"A few poor shots let us down. We know we're not far away. We're fielding well, we just need to get the batting in order and we should be right."
Meanwhile Coutts had the bye yesterday as teams competed in round six as part of a double-header weekend.
"It's an important weekend," McKenzie said.
"The scoreboard could either bunch up or a few sides will start to break ahead."