PLAY IT STRAIGHT: Nick Wood gets on the front foot during the CRCA premier league cricket match between Coutts and Brothers at Ulmarra Oval on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
PLAY IT STRAIGHT: Nick Wood gets on the front foot during the CRCA premier league cricket match between Coutts and Brothers at Ulmarra Oval on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Debrah N

Coutts to feel the heat

CRCA: The heat will be on Coutts Crossing today in more ways than one as the third placed team travels south to take on top of the table Harwood at home.

Missing regular first graders Adam Elliott, Tim Tilse and Bill North, Coutts Crossing will be hoping their side can stand up in the heat and make a strong start to the match.

One player hoping to find some form is batting all-rounder Nick Wood, who has been a regular in the first grade line up since completing his engineering studies in Newcastle and finding work on the Pacific Hwy upgrade project.

While he has played on and off the past couple of months, he said he is finding his feet after playing some games back-to-back.

"I'm still a little scratchy, just getting used to playing week in, week out,” he said.

"I'm trying to find a little bit of form, but I feel like it's coming back to me now.”

Up against some tough competition at Harwood, Wood said his side needs to play well if they're a chance of a result.

"Hopefully we can start well, if we bat first put on a good early partnership and if we bowl pick up some early wickets,” he said.

"Harwood are always a tough side to play, and especially at home they lift and play really well so it's going to be a hard game.”

Faced with the prospect of temperatures that could climb above 40°C, Wood said he hoped that extra drinks breaks would be scheduled to help the players make it through the day..

Originally from the Grafton area, Wood said it was good to return to where he grew up and happy to be back playing cricket.

"It's always good to play cricket, and hopefully I can get a couple of runs and maybe a wicket or two,” he said.

In other games this round, Brothers take on Westlawn, and Easts host Tucabia-Copmanhurst.



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