FIRST FOR 1STS: Cox claims elusive Coutts top grade ton
CRICKET: Coutts Crossing captain Luke Cox made club history as he fought his way to a maiden century at Ellem Oval against Harwood.
After the home side had been bowled out for 74 in the first innings, Cox realised he needed to stand up in the second dig to avoid an outright loss.
Despite losing opening partner Tim Tilse and first drop Nick Wood for single figures, Cox produced an impressive 123 in a dogged 157-run 4th wicket stand with Bill North (56) to raise his bat as the first player from Coutts Crossing to score a first grade century.
There was an element of luck for Cox who was dropped with his score in the 50s on four occasions.
"I guess you take the luck when it comes," he said.
Cox dedicated the century knock to long-time family friend John 'Charger' MacDonald who has supported the batsman for a number of years.
"Charger is one of my dad's good mates, he has known me pretty much my whole life," he said.
"He has been up me for a few years about scoring my first ton. He played a lot of first grade cricket in Sydney going back a few years and has thrown balls at me and given me tips on batting for a long time."
Cox praised the efforts of North and young gun Eli Fahey (36) for their effort with the stick during the second innings fight back.
"Northy's fifty was a really good innings, he sort of flew under the radar there," he said.
"It was also good to see Eli get in the runs and continue to build his confidence at the crease.
"It goes to show what our side can do when we really put our heads down while we bat."
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COUTTS CROSSING V HARWOOD
At Ellem Oval
Umpires: Jeff Hackett, Terry Hickson
Harwood 1st Innings 252
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings
Z Page lbw b JT McMahon 0
J Boffey b HJ McMahon 5
T Tilse c Johnson b BG McMahon 19
L Cox c Johnson b Durrant 19
N Wood b BG McMahon 8
E Fahey lbw b BG McMahon 0
B North c HJ McMahon b Durrant 1
B Cotten c N Ensbey b Harris 14
AB Elliott c Farrell b Durrant 0
RS Gaddes not out 3
J Inskip c HJ McMahon b Many 1
Extras (b 0, lb 2, w 2, nb 0) 4
ALL-OUT for 74
FoW: 1-1(Z Page) 2-11(J Boffey) 3-41(L Cox) 4-52(N Wood) 5-55(E Fahey) 6-56(T Tilse) 7-60(AB Elliott) 8-60(B North) 9-73(B Cotten) 10-74(J Inskip)
Bowling: HJ McMahon 5-1-17-1, JT McMahon 5-0-22-1, BG McMahon 8-2-18-3, DD Durrant 8-4-13-3, D Harris 1-0-2-1, L Many 0.4-0-0-1
Coutts Crossing 2nd Innings
T Tilse c JT McMahon b Farrell 4
L Cox c HJ McMahon b Many 123
N Wood b Durrant 3
B Cotten b Durrant 14
B North c Durrant b JT McMahon 56
E Fahey c Nicholson b Harris 36
AB Elliott c Farrell b JT McMahon 2
RS Gaddes not out 9
J Boffey not out 1
Extras (b 6, lb 2, w 7, nb 0) 15
SEVEN wickets for 263
FoW: 1-9(T Tilse) 2-32(N Wood) 3-52(B Cotten) 4-209(L Cox) 5-213(B North) 6-221(AB Elliott) 7-256(E Fahey)
Bowling: MJ Farrell 4-2-11-1, L Many 10-3-53-1, DD Durrant 6-0-42-2, HJ McMahon 2-0-25-0, D Harris 8-0-41-1, JT McMahon 10-1-44-2, LD Johnson 3-0-13-0, BG McMahon 5-0-26-0
* HARWOOD won first innings by 178 runs