Lynch mob catches Coutts batsmen
BROTHERS opening bowler Ryan Lynch put Coutts Crossing to the sword with a devastating spell of bowling at McKittrick Park on Saturday.
Lynch took two early wickets and then cleaned up the tail to finish the game with 6-32 from eight overs.
“We were going along well and scoring freely at the start until we lost a couple of wickets,” Coutts captain Tim Tilse said.
“They bowled good lines, particularly Ryan ... when you take six wickets in an innings you have obviously bowled well.
“We just fell in a heap. They tied us down and we got frustrated and didn’t value our wickets.”
Lewis and Lance Chevalley got starts but failed to go on with it, which has been a concern with the Coutts batting line-up all season. Lewis scored 19 and Lance hung around for 21 until he became Lynch’s second victim.
Brothers captain Brad Robertson thought his team would be chasing a more formidable target – that is until Lynch ripped through the lower order.
“They got off to a fairly good start and then threw it away. They lacked patience ... they should have got a better score,” Robertson said.
In the end Brothers had to fight hard for the win and were six down when they passed Coutts’ total.
Andrew Lancaster hit a well-controlled 45 not out and Troy McLaren, batting down the order, played a defiant knock of 24.
“Andrew and Troy guided us through to victory after we lost a few wickets in succession,” Robertson said.
Coutts were in with a real show of causing an upset until Lancaster and McLaren’s match-winning partnership.
“We had them about 5-50 and the game could have gone either way,” Tilse said.
“The ball was moving around and making batting difficult but once we had the rain delay things changed.
“The ball got damp and we couldn’t swing it anymore.”
Dan Collins was the pick of the Coutts bowlers, taking 3-25 off his 10 overs.