Tucabia hold on in 'one of the best games of cricket'
IN WHAT was described by umpire Jeff Hackett as "one of the best games of cricket", the GDSC Premier League preliminary final came down to a nail-biting late session on Sunday afternoon.
"We have seen 40 wickets and a few runs and the best spell of quick bowling I have ever seen from Chris Adamson and Brad Chard," Hackett said.
"It was one of the best games of cricket I have ever been involved in. I have been umpiring for 13 seasons now and it is right up there."
GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst set a modest first innings total of 139, before the most lethal bowling combination on the Clarence River went to work to have Clocktower Hotel Brothers reeling at 9 for 41 overnight.
It did not take long for Adamson to wrap up the first innings victory early on the second morning with his first five-wicket haul of the 2015/16 season.
But a second innings fight back from the Brothers bowling unit saw Tucabia all-out in the second innings for 111, giving Brothers a solid sniff at victory needing 195 before the end of play.
A determined 62 from Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert was not quite enough as Matt Pigg (5-38) and Chard (3-36) wrapped up the tail and the game by 39 runs for Tucabia Copmanhurst.
"It was a good win for us," Tucabia-Copmanhurst captain Bob McKenzie said. "Obviously our batting is not up to where it should be and we will need to improve before next week or it will be a sad affair in the final.
"Our top six, top seven batsman need to make some runs and make a game of it. If not it will be a sad day for us."
McKenzie was especially proud of the efforts of his two strike bowlers Adamson and Chard who bowled well defending a small total.
"The game was set up for us with Chris Adamson and Brad Chard bowling together on Saturday afternoon," he said. "They were whipping through them and to have them 9-40 at the end of the day they set the game up really."
Tucabia will now need to turn their attention to a grand final replay from last year against Harwood.