Coutts scrape home against league giants
COUTTS V HARWOOD: While their upset two-wicket win over Harwood has only cemented their spot among the top four teams, Coutts Crossing has shaken up the top of the table to see the final round of GDSC Premier League become the most important of the season.
It was a victory that at times looked academic for the makeshift Coutts outfit, but almost wasn't to be when captain Tim Tilse (47) was the eighth wicket to fall, playing a rash shot with only three runs left for victory.
An errant hole in the pitch covers caused an early headache for Coutts after Zac Page got a delivery that popped off the damp surface but the settled Luke Cox (66) was able to master the surface along with a nervey Tilse.
"I was more nervous when I first went out to bat," Tilse said. "I am not used to sitting around waiting for a wicket to fall.
"Once we got into a bit of a rhythm it was a pretty good batting pitch actually. Cox and I played a sensible innings for a change."
But a desperate Harwood side refused to give up an easy victory to Coutts and when Cox fell, soon followed by Eli Fahey and Noel O'Connell, the game swung toward the home side.
But Tilse (47) dug his heels in, and along with a brick wall in the form of Reece Gaddes, kept pushed the Coutts side toward the two-wicket win.
"Young Gaddes did the job for us in the end," Tilse said.
"He would have faced an easy forty or fifty balls for his 13 runs. He was the one keeping me a bit calm at the other just bunting the balls back down the pitch."
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Coutts were eventually all out for 162, amassing a small lead before Harwood went back into bat.
While Tilse said his side had no dreams of an outright, top spells with the new ball from Riley Chevalley (2 for 22 off 6) and Zac Page (2 for 19 off 10) had Harwood struggling at 6-77 before Luke Many (50*) put the outright win beyond reach.
GDSC PREMIER LEAGUE
HARWOOD V COUTTS CROSSING
At Harwood Cricket Ground
Toss: Coutts Crossing
Umpires: Jeff Hackett, Jeffrey Thompson
Harwood 1st Innings 151
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings
L Cox not out 66
N Wood b Durrant 7
LR Chevalley c Farrell b Durrant 4
R Cotten c N Ensbey b JT McMahon 11
Z Page c N Ensbey b BG McMahon 4
T Tilse c Young b JT McMahon 47
E Fahey c HJ McMahon b Many 4
N O'Connell c Farrell b JT McMahon 0
RS Gaddes c BG McMahon b Durrant 13
L Chevalley c Many b Young 1
RL Chevalley not out 0
Extras (b 0, lb 4, w 1, nb 0) 5
ALL-OUT for 162
FoW: 1-27(N Wood) 2-31(LR Chevalley) 3-69(R Cotten) 4-80(Z Page) 5-116(L Cox) 6-125(E Fahey) 7-126(N O'Connell) 8-149(T Tilse)
Bowling: DD Durrant 6-0-27-3, HJ McMahon 4-1-16-0, BG McMahon 8-0-30-1, JT McMahon 13-2-34-3, D Harris 13-3-30-1, L Many 14-4-21-1, MN Young 1-1-0-1
Harwood 2nd Innings
DD Durrant c Wood b RL Chevalley 0
N Ensbey b Cox 27
D Harris c Cox b RL Chevalley 14
MA Ensbey lbw b Page 10
BG McMahon b Page 4
LD Johnson c Cotten b O'Connell 14
HJ McMahon c Cox b L Chevalley 18
L Many not out 50
MJ Farrell not out 11
Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 3, nb 2) 12
SEVEN wickets for 160
FoW: 1-2(DD Durrant) 2-21(D Harris) 3-38(MA Ensbey) 4-47(BG McMahon) 5-65(N Ensbey) 6-77(LD Johnson) 7-142(HJ McMahon)
Bowling: Z Page 10-2-19-2, RL Chevalley 6-1-22-2, E Fahey 6-6-9-0, N Wood 7-1-30-0, L Cox 5-1-8-1, N O'Connell 2-0-14-1, RS Gaddes 3-1-27-0, LR Chevalley 2-0-15-0, L Chevalley 2-0-9-1
* COUTTS Crossing won first innings by two wickets.