SPORTING WOES: Coutts Crossing's Tyler Gaddes will be putting a representative hockey season ahead of his budding cricketing capers despite rocketing into third grade with a strong 90 this weekend.
SPORTING WOES: Coutts Crossing's Tyler Gaddes will be putting a representative hockey season ahead of his budding cricketing capers despite rocketing into third grade with a strong 90 this weekend. Debrah Novak

Tyler hits out in thirds debut to earn Toast-ing

TOAST CRICKETER OF THE WEEK: Coutts Crossing young gun Tyler Gaddes keeps his words at the crease to a minimum as he prefers to let his Grey Nichols blade do the talking for him.

And it had one epic tale to spin at the weekend as Gaddes made his third grade debut for the club with a blistering 90 in the opener's position as Coutts Blue plundered 6-282 against South Services.

Gaddes had previously made his senior debut in second grade earlier in the season and his Night Cricket debut last Wednesday, but despite it being only his third innings at senior level he showed no sign of nerves.

"(Captain, Matt) McKee came up and talked to me before we went out to bat and that really calmed me down," Tyler said.

"He asked if I wanted to open and I thought well I might as well get out there as soon as possible."

The 13-year-old spent the majority of his time at the crease alongside McKee as the pair mounted a crafty 120-run stand.

"Having him out there definitely helped, and there wasn't too many quick singles either," he said. "But he talked to me a fair bit during the innings and gave me tips and pointers which really helped me along."

Tyler's immediate success was quickly recognised by the third grade outfit with McKee quickly offering a permanent spot on the team for the young gun.

But a jam-packed representative hockey season - including representing his State in the Indoor National Championships - means he is practically unavailable until March.

"I let him know I would play whenever I was home though," Tyler said.

The effort with the stick has seen Tyler awarded the Toast Cricketer of the Week for third grade which he said he would put to good use as he loads up on Toast milkshakes.

In second grade a five-wicket haul to South Services leader Chris Cleaver (5 for 12 off 8) swung the match back in his side's favour as they defeated a toughened Brothers.

Meanwhile the judges could not look past Coutts seamer Zac Page's heroics across all four innings in the side's thrilling win over Tucabia-Copmanhurst in GDSC Premier League.

After scoring an ultimately decisive eight runs with the bat from the No.11 position in the first innings, Page took 5 for 43 off 25 overs to help claim first innings points, saved an almost certain outright defeat with a defiant 13 not out from No.10 in Coutts' second innings and then took 3 for 35 off 6 to deny Tucabia's last ditch effort at victory.

TOAST OF THE TOWN: Each weekly winner receives a $10 gift voucher to be spent at Toast Espresso, Prince St.



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