NEW CHALLENGE: Former Grafton Ghost rugby league player Adam Elliott is looking forward to his first cricket finals campaign for Coutts Crossing.
NEW CHALLENGE: Former Grafton Ghost rugby league player Adam Elliott is looking forward to his first cricket finals campaign for Coutts Crossing.

Elliott in form for semi-final

COUTTS Crossing all-rounder Adam Elliott brings a wealth of finals experience into this weekend's premier league cricket semi-final clash with GI Tucabia Copmanhurst at Ellem Oval.

But the former Grafton Ghosts back-rower's semi-finals have all been on the football field and he's not sure how well this translates to the cricket pitch.

"We won grand finals in under-16s, under-18s and first grade," Elliott said. "But this is the first semi-final I've played on the cricket field."

"Semi-finals are like any other game, except you've got to have more of that will to win," he said.

But he said cricket was a funny game, where fortunes could change in an instant.

"You can think you're going okay one minute, then you can suddenly be struggling," he said.

"I suppose you've got to concentrate on not making mistakes and not let your teammates down."

Elliott said Coutts had not lowered Tucabia's colours this season, but could think of no better time to do it than in a semi-final.

"The boys are pretty keen to beat them," he said. "I think we've got the bowlers to knock them off.

"Zac Page and Brandon Honeybrook have both hit form at the right time of the season."

Elliott is the boss of Coutts skipper Luke Cox during the week, but is happy to change roles for the weekend.

"It's the one day of the week Coxy gets his way," he said. "Seriously, he does a pretty good job on the field."

Cox said Tucabia had a strong bowling attack, but it was the batting that worried him most.

"They've got dangerous batters like Matt Dougherty and Matty Blanch at the top of the order, but the middle order is where they can hurt you.

"Piggy (Matt Pigg), Bobby (McKenzie) and Bucky (Andrew Buchanan) are all experienced players with big-match experience."

Cox said the Coutts bowlers have been working on plans for each of the Tucabia batsmen but would not elaborate, obviously.

"Elliott has plenty going on off the field, as well, with wife Stephanie expecting their first baby in seven weeks.

"Getting another grand final under the belt before the baby comes would be pretty special," he said.



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