Pigg makes instant impression
IT didn't take Matt Pigg long to get back into the swing of things on Saturday at Ellem Oval.
Pigg, who has returned to the fold this year with G I Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst, stamped his authority against Coutts Crossing, not with the bat but with the ball.
His right-arm off-spin bamboozled the Coutts' middle and lower-order batsmen as he claimed three scalps to help dismiss the opposition for a paltry 94 runs.
"His first delivery landed right on the spot," a delighted Tucabia opening bowler Chris Adamson told the Examiner yesterday.
"He took three wickets and was turning the ball at right angles," he said.
"He is certainly going to be a great acquisition for us this season."
Earlier in the match, Coutts was reeling at 5-38, thanks to Adamson (2-25) and Tom Cootes (2-26). However, Coutts' new signing Aaron Amos produced a brilliant cameo innings of 33 to add some respect to the scoreboard.
Adamson said Amos had no hesitation in taking it to his bowlers with some lusty hitting.
"Aaron has been out of the game for a couple of seasons but he is one of those blokes who doesn't take a backward step," Adamson said.
"He's strong and has a very good eye. It was almost stand and deliver stuff.
"He took to Brendan (Mitchell) in one over, hitting a couple of sixes and a few fours.
"Piggy then bowled a slower delivery, which Aaron skied, and I had a long, nervous wait before taking the catch."
In reply, Tucabia was 0-15 when rain halted play.
"Personally, I think we would have won first innings if the rain didn't intervene," Adamson said.
"The wicket certainly suited our bowlers and Tom (Cootes) had the ball moving around a fair bit.
"Hopefully we'll get some play in next Saturday and get the runs."