PATIENT: Coutts Crossing batsmen Israel Simpson and Aaron Webb put on a 35-run 3rd wicket stand against Brothers at McKittrick Park on Saturday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
PATIENT: Coutts Crossing batsmen Israel Simpson and Aaron Webb put on a 35-run 3rd wicket stand against Brothers at McKittrick Park on Saturday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Costly collapse for Coutts

A MIDDLE order collapse put Coutts Crossing on the back foot in its CRCA Premier League match-up with Brothers at McKittrick Park.

It was slow going, but wickets were hard to come by as an injured Aaron Webb (16) and Israel Simpson (23) helped get Coutts to 2 for 59 off 35 overs.

With the platform set, key batsmen Brandon Honeybrook (26) and Luke Cox (12) looked to be just getting started when Cox's dismissal turned the game on its head. Honeybrook soon followed, Adam Elliott was run out without facing and when Noel O'Connell (1) returned, Coutts were suddenly 8 for 98.

After the carnage, Nick Wood (21) ensure Coutts had something to defend, but at 2 for 52, Brothers are already well on the way to their total of 132.

"The same old story," Cox said of the collapse.

"It started with me getting out. It left Nick (Wood) a bit stranded at the other end.

"Bear and I were looking to build to 180 or 200. That was the plan.

"Obviously, Brothers are ahead in the game, but, in saying that, we have bowled them out for 90 earlier this year."

Brothers' skipper Jake Kroehnert (4 for 32 off 9.3) and Troy McLaren (2 for 36 off 10) did the damage while earlier Jack Weatherstone (2 for 21 off 14) and Bill Weatherstone (0 for 9 off 10) gave little away.

"We hung in there and then got the last six wickets fairly cheaply," he said.



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