Cox hits third consecutive Premier League fifty
COUTTS V TUCABIA: Coutts Crossing opener Luke Cox has continued his strong run of form heading into the GDSC Premier League finals notching his third consecutive half-century to put his side firmly in control against Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
Despite the efforts ofBrad Chard (4 for 51 off 15.5) and fellow firebrand Chris Adamson (1 for 44 off 13), Cox was able to use his full arsenal of shots to score 58 including 12 fours on day one of the final round clash at Ulmarra Showground.
While he lost captain Tim Tilse (11) relatively early, Cox pushed on with attacking intent to put on a 31-run stand with Ryan Cotten (11) and a 28-run partnership with Nick Wood (3) before finally giving up his wicket to the bowling of Scott Lloyd (2 for 26 off 6).
But it did not halt the momentum as teenager Eli Fahey (43) took up the aggressor role in a 57-run fifth-wicket stand with Bill North (13). Fahey pounced on any loose deliveries, hitting five fours and two maximums before he and North both fell in quick succession.
It took a slice of luck to finally put the brakes on the Coutts innings, when bowler Dan Cootes (2 for 29 off 10) managed to ricochet a well struck straight drive from Fahey onto the stumps and catch North short of his ground, before removing Fahey caught behind two balls later.
Wicket keeper Lewis Chevalley (28) stood firm despite losing wickets at the other end to help Coutts reach 200 runs.
Tucabia did not get the start it wanted to its run chase, losing two early wickets to be 2-25 in response with a staunch Bob McKenzie (16) to resume with Tim Bultitude (4) next Saturday.
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TUCABIA COPMANHURST V COUTTS CROSSING
At Ulmarra Showground
Toss: Coutts Crossing
Umpires: Bruce Baxter, Steve Millar
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings
T Tilse b Chard 11
L Cox c BR Blanch b Lloyd 58
R Cotten b Chard 11
N Wood b Lloyd 3
E Fahey c Woods b Cootes 43
B North run out (DJ Cootes) 13
LR Chevalley b Chard 28
AB Elliott c Blackadder b Cootes 17
A Webb c & b Adamson 4
RS Gaddes b Chard 3
Z Page not out 3
Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 6
ALL-OUT for 200
FoW: 1-24(T Tilse) 2-55(R Cotten) 3-82(N Wood) 4-85(L Cox) 5-142(E Fahey) 6-142(B North) 7-166(AB Elliott) 8-170(A Webb) 9-183(RS Gaddes) 10-200(LR Chevalley)
Bowling: B Chard 15.5-3-51-4, CA Adamson 13-1-44-1, BR Blanch 5-2-28-0, SM Lloyd 6-2-26-2, TJ Blackadder 6-2-10-0, DJ Cootes 10-4-29-2, T Bultitude 2-0-9-0
Tucabia Copmanhurst 1st Innings
DJ Cootes b Elliott 0
BR Pardoe c North b Page 4
T Bultitude not out 4
BJ McKenzie not out 16
Extras (b 0, lb 0, w 0, nb 1) 1
TWO wickets for 25
FoW: 1-4(DJ Cootes) 2-4(BR Pardoe)
Bowling: AB Elliott 6-2-10-1, Z Page 4-2-7-1, E Fahey 1-0-8-0