Coutts push for top four after outright victory over Easts
COUTTS Crossing has romped to an outright win over GDSC Easts, setting them up for a push into the top four as the semi-finals loom.
Coutts made short work of the cellar dwellers, dismissing them for 66 then smashing 250 on Saturday. Easts fared better in the next dig, but 140 was not enough to even make Coutts bat again.
All rounder Adam Elliott had a blinder for Coutts, snaring four wickets and scoring 40 runs on day one.
The result is some compensation for Coutts after a washout robbed them of points against Souths last week.
Coutts Crossing will play Westlawn in the next round of competition, and skipper Luke Cox said it was likely that game would determine fourth spot, pending the outcome of the weekend's match between Westlawn and Tucabia.
Battling to stave off the outright, Luke Shipman top scored for Easts with 34 and Shannon Connor fought hard for his 27.
But three ducks and two single figure scores did not help the struggling Easts outfit as it slumped to another outright loss.
The teams were ranked equal third going into the weekend of play.
Three of the top four cricketers in the My Cricket Champion Player table turned up ready to play in the weekend's top of the table Premier League cricket clash between Harwood and Brothers at McKittrick Park.
Table topper, Harwood's Doug Harris, claimed 5-83 from 24 overs of off spin bowling and while brothers Jake Kroehnert, 49, and Mitch Kroehnert, 26, fell victim to Harris, they helped propel the Brethren to a competitive total of 251 by stumps on day one.
Brothers second drop batsman Andrew Lancaster, rated by Harwood skipper Tim McMahon as the one of the big dangers, lived up to the hype, top scoring with 69, including nine fours and a six.
At Ulmarra, GI Tucabia Copmanhurst piled on 234 against a Westlawn attack, missing injured strike bowler Nathan Blanch.
Tucabia were struggling at 5/78 but a battling 64 from representative all rounder Brayden Pardoe meant Tucabia were able to post a competitive total.
Another Blanch, left arm medium pacer John, stepped up with three key wickets - Matt Blanch, Matt Dougherty and Pardoe.
Opener Matt Blanch was steady as wickets fell around him, scoring 40 of the 75 the team totalled when he was out.
Another veteran, Andrew Buchanan, 32, was involved in a 69-run partnership with Pardoe that took the total to 175.
Joe Pigg, the son of leading cricketer Matt Pigg, chimed in at the end of the innings with 27, failing by just one run to equal his dad's score.