Inspired Coutts beats White
IT was billed as a ‘David and Goliath’ battle between Tucabia White - one of the competition favourites - and the battlers Coutts Crossing.
Clear underdogs for the match, Coutts had the right pedigree to spring a surprise upset, and that’s exactly what they did.
What made their victory sweeter was Coutts were reduced to only 10 players in what can only be described as bizarre circumstances.
Coutts captain Tim Tilse and his team-mate Dean Hambly on the morning of the match decided to undertake a spot of fishing at Yamba which turned into a nightmare for Hambly.
“Dean and myself went fishing early on Saturday morning and Dean got spiked by a catfish,” laughed Tilse.
“Actually make that a small catfish. Dean was in all sorts of pain and had to go off to hospital.
“His hand was the size of two hands put together... it was fairly swollen.”
Resuming at 7-112 in reply to Coutts’ first innings total of 163 Tucabia were bundled out for 139. Ray Barnett, Tucabia’s main hope, fell early for 46, only adding 10 runs to his score from last week. Matt Blanch chipped in with 24 before five wickets fell for just 33 runs.
Israel Simpson (3-42) and Joel Gosson (2-40) were the pick of the bowlers.
Batting for a second time Coutts scrambled to 143 with Lewis Chevalley (30) and Luke Cox belting 49 batting up the order.
Several rain delays made batting difficult and frustrated the bowlers.
Matt Pigg and his son Joey took five wickets between them with Adrian Boyd chiming in with 2-32.
Tucabia with time running out were 3-70 at stumps in their second dig with Matt Pigg starring with a quick-fire 40.
The victory has Coutts captain Tilse and his team counting down the days to next week’s final-round clash against Brothers.
“We can’t wait until next week’s game. We want to finish the season on a high and have named a full-strength side,” Tilse said.
“We have Ken Willis and Israel Simpson both available... it’s the best side we can put on paper.
“Everyone is feeling positive after our win against Tucabia. We celebrated by having a laugh and a few beers.”
Brothers on the other hand missed a chance of picking up valuable bonus points against South as their match was abandoned due to rain.
Brothers did however pick up first innings points.