Coffs Colts rue poor catching as Tucabia claim Twenty20 title
TUCABIA-Copmanhurst proved it can adapt to all versions of cricket by winning the Cleaver Mechanical Twenty20 knockout.
The CRCA defending premiers had little trouble chasing down Coutts Crossing's 7-108 in the semi-final at Lower Fisher in the morning.
Then in the afternoon the team held its nerve to prevail in a high scoring run chase against Coffs Colts in the final at Ellem Oval.
Chasing 7-146 off 20 overs, Josh Gorman pumped a lofted drive to the fence to hit the winning runs with four balls to spare and four wickets in hand.
"Good to win another title," captain Bob McKenzie said.
"It came down to our batters all getting runs.
"When our batters are on song we are a formidable team."
Opening batsman Matt Blanch and all-rounder Brayden Pardoe starred in both matches for the champions.
Left arm seamer Pardoe's 2-12 off four overs helped restrict Coutts Crossing and Blanch (51no) was the mainstay in the run chase before Pardoe came in to belt 30 not out including four sixes in one Jesse Boffey over.
In the final Pardoe (2-13 off four) again proved difficult to get away and this time Blanch finished unbeaten on 57.
It was a good weekend all round for Blanch, who scored 71 in club cricket on Saturday and was exhausted when congratulated by his teammates after the twenty20 win.
"It's a pretty good feeling getting that," Blanch said.
"It's good to be hitting the ball alright but I was probably lucky people can't catch."
Coffs were left to rue some dropped catches during a game-turning third-wicket partnership between Blanch and Matt Pigg (38).
With a storm approaching, Pigg's experience came to the fore as he set about chasing quick runs. Both he and Blanch were dropped at point in successive balls and took the score from 2-6 to 3-64.
"They looked to lift the run rate when the storm was coming and that got them to a good start," Coffs Colts captain Matt Francis said.
"A couple of early dropped catches cost us."
A half hour rain delay came shortly after Pigg's dismissal. While wickets fell at the other end and the outfield slowed, Blanch kept things on track in a well judged run chase.
The twenty20 tournament replaced the Monday night 30-over competition while McKittrick Park is out of action for a pitch upgrade, but Blanch would like it to stay.
"I think the twenty20 is way better than the 30-over stuff," he said.
"I don't know if they'll ever change it, but this is so much better.
"A lot of people work early in the morning and after a 30-over game you get home hot and sweaty at 10 o'clock. Twenty20 would finish a bit earlier."