MATCH-WINNER : Coutts Crossing bowler Declan Ensbey in night cricket action earlier this season.
MATCH-WINNER : Coutts Crossing bowler Declan Ensbey in night cricket action earlier this season. Adam Hourigan

Ensbey shines in incredible finish to toast Coutts

TOAST CRICKETERS: In a match that won't be soon forgotten, two Coutts Crossing third grade sides battled each other for the minor premiership at McIntosh Park.

After Ken Willis' Coutts Maroon outfit posted a respectable 9-174 off 40 overs - including a handy 60-run stand between Craig Woods (30) and Wayne Lentfer (38) - the opposing Coutts Blue side quickly went to work.

With captain Matt McKee having passed fifty in a century stand with Brayden Lollback, Coutts Blue was cruising along at 3-170 towards an inevitable victory.

Except someone forgot to tell teenage firebrand Declan Ensbey.

Ensbey swiftly removed the set Brayden Lollback (37) before then skittling the dangerous McKee (68) and also this scribe for a duck.

Working in tandem with the experience of Tony Gallagher (4 for 20 off 5.4), Ensbey managed to turn the match on its head in the space of four overs as Coutts Blue lost seven wickets for just two runs to snatch a two-run victory.

>> Check out the incredible scorecard from Coutts Maroon's miraculous victory over Coutts Blue

For his never-say-die attitude and impressive line and length bowling, Ensbey earned the Toast Cricketer of the Week for third grade.

Meanwhile in GDSC second grade, it was an afternoon to remember for GDSC Easts' teenager Hugh Cameron as his side battled for runs against top-of-the-table South Services at Rushforth Park.

Cameron led from the front for Easts with a classy 51 at the top of the order before returning with the ball to deliver killer blows, removing both Services' openers Tom Kroehnert (34) and Dylan Cleaver (33) after a 64-run first-wicket stand.

Meanwhile, in Premier League, a determined half century from Luke Cox (58), including dispatching the first three balls of his innings to the fence, narrowly earned him the votes for Toast Cricketer of the Week over experienced Harwood player Geoff Simmons (51).

While batting was not easy at Ulmarra, Cox defied a spongy deck to take the attack to the Tucabia bowling. It was Cox's third consecutive half century as he hits form leading into the finals.



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