Coutts bats hit back
SENSATIONAL knocks from captain Brad Chard, Ricky Boffey and the returning Dan Blackman highlighted Coutts Crossing Tavern's dig on Saturday.
Souths Services had already secured first innings points at Ulmarra Showground last week, leaving Coutts in the deciding chair to determine how the rest of the game would play out.
While the lure of outright victory could prove too strong for others to deny, Chard's troops blew out the cobwebs as they gunned for as many bonus points as they could muster.
Chard, who did not get to bat last week, top scored for his team with a stellar 94, while the returning Blackman finished unbeaten on 48. Coupled with Boffey's 43, Chard said his team put their heads down and made the most of their opportunity.
"I'm pretty happy with how it went," Chard said.
"Noelly (O'Connell) got 27 and Bear (Brandon Honeybrook) finished with 31. Everyone had a dig."
Souths started the day with points in the bag, and set about building as much of a lead as they could to leave open the option of outright victory.
Craig Cole finished the innings unbeaten on 58, with Coutts bowler Jesse Boffey ripping through the line-up to take 6-78.
Souths captain Tom Kroehnert said he was happy with how his team batted, and was impressed with how the younger members of the squad handled their innings.
"We almost got about 200-odd which wasn't too bad," Kroehnert said.
"Coley got 50 which I'm sure he was happy with. It's good to see him get among the runs again.
"We had a few young guys in the team and Coutts were gunning for bonus points.
"We decided to give those guys - Lachlan Thompson, Dylan Cleaver - a bowl and they would've got a lot of confidence out of it.
"I was pretty impressed with their first efforts."
WE HAVE not heard the last of last week's controversial decision which saw Chard unable to bowl against Souths.
Players and umpires from across the competition have their own take on the incident. The CRCA by laws do not cover these situations directly, but CRCA president Tom Kroehnert said there could be further discussions at an official level.
"I'd say it may be discussed a bit more at the next umpire's meeting," Kroehnert said.