I'M BACK: Coutts Crossing all-rounder Eli Fahey will make a timely return to the crease for Coutts Crossing in Premier League this week.
I'M BACK: Coutts Crossing all-rounder Eli Fahey will make a timely return to the crease for Coutts Crossing in Premier League this week. Debrah Nova

Coutts boosted by Fahey's timely return

CRCA CRICKET: Grafton Hotel Coutts Crossing have been buoyed by the timely return of the junior representative player Eli Fahey ahead of the final weekend of 2017/18 GDSC Premier League before the competition goes to holiday recess.

The 16-year-old, who took up an opportunity at The Southport School earlier this year, has been putting in consistent performances for Broadbeach Robina in the Gold Coast first grade competition this Summer.

But it was a scintillating century for the Gold Coast senior representative side in their McPherson Shield clash against South-East Queensland that has Coutts Crossing president Andrew McLachlan salivating at the return of Fahey.

"It makes us very happy to have such a great young fella like Eli come back into the side,” McLachlan said.

"He will really give us some starch in the middle order and his form up on the Gold Coast has been really something else so I am glad he's coming back now.”

Fahey was a tough loss to bear for the Coutts Crossing side at the end of last season, adding to their woes with the loss of representative batsman Luke Cox and Bill North, who has not played Premier League this season.

"We have definitely been on the lighter side for top-end guys, but we have been very proud to see the young blokes in the ranks step up and really show the fighting spirit that embodies the Coutts Crossing club,” McLachlan said. "But just having Fahey there will give everyone in the club a new level of confidence.”

The club will need it as they come up against the two best attacks in Premier League as the association hosts a double header weekend with one-day games today and tomorrow.

Coutts Crossing will come up against Tucabia Copmanhurst GI Hotel today and then will meet a red-hot Jaca Hotel Westlawn attack on Sunday - fresh off their night cricket resurrection.

"Every attack in the competition has its strengths and weaknesses,” McLachlan said. "But we won't be getting any favours from either of these attacks.

It will also be a tough weekend for last-placed South Services, who come up against both grand finalists from last season in Brothers Clocktower Hotel and Harwood Hilton.

GAME DAY

TODAY: Brothers Clocktower Hotel v South Services at Ellem Oval; Coutts Crossing v Tuc-Cop at Lower Fisher; Harwood Hilton v GDSC Easts at Harwood Oval

TOMORROW (10am start): South Services v Harwood at Ellem Oval; Tuc-Cop v Brothers at JJ Lawrence; Westlawn v Coutts Crossing at Lower Fisher Turf



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