No mercy for 10-man Coutts
PLAYING against competition front-runners Tucabia White is always a huge challenge. On Saturday at Ulmarra, Coutts Crossing made their task even more difficult with only 10 players taking the field.
“I’m not sure why they only had 10 players,” a bewildered Tucabia White captain Chris Adamson said.
“I know they had a few guys unavailable but I didn’t think they would struggle for numbers.”
Missing several frontline players, Coutts managed to score a poor total of 96 and were all out with a whopping 22 overs remaining.
Lewis Chevalley scored 24 at the top of the order before a freakish run-out ended his innings. Standing at the non-striker’s end, Chevalley was left stranded after the ball was smashed back towards Tucabia’s opening bowler Tom Cootes, who managed to get a finger on the ball which then cannoned onto the middle stump.
Chevalley was the only batsman to show any resistance although his innings was a bit one dimensional. Most of his runs were scored through the mid-wicket area, with limited strokes played through the off-side.
It was a sorry looking scoreboard for Coutts, with sundries being top score.
Adamson, with 3-11, and Brendan Mitchell (2-29) were the pick of the Tucabia bowlers.
Tucabia White passed Coutts’ total in the 19th over with only one wicket down. They lost opener Tom Cootes for 25 before Ray Barnett (46 not out) and Bob McKenzie (20 not out) guided them to victory.
Adamson said Coutts’ batsmen needed to apply themselves and not throw away their wickets.
“They just didn’t seem to value their wickets,” Adamson said. “They’d block a few then go for the big hit and get caught.”
Adamson said he was impressed with opening bowler Mitchell, who gets better each game.
“Brendan was unlucky not to take five or seven wickets, he found the edge of the bat plenty of times and there were a few french cuts. He bowled well all day for little reward,” he said.
Adamson was also full of praise for his opening bat Barnett and the ever reliable McKenzie.