Pace routs souths
A DEVASTATING nine-wicket haul from stand in co-captain Chris Adamson has helped Tucabia-Copmanhurst White defeat South Services at the Ulmarra Showground at the weekend.
The victory ensures the club will claim second position on the Premier League ladder and, heading into the finals, leaves it well placed to make consecutive grand finals.
From the outset of the day's play, Souths were in trouble with returning batsman Brett Woods (27no) unable to resume his place at the pitch.
The almost immediate loss of Chris Cleaver's (0) wicket further troubled already unsettled waters, but a 64-run partnership between Jason Thompson (43) and Ben Burbidge (23) ensured the floodgates remained locked.
Kye Masters (17) continued the positive trend but the there was no denying the pace and line of Adamson with the veteran speedster picking up Rick McLennan and Zac Page for ducks.
“We never scored enough runs in the first innings,” Souths captain Tom Kroehnert said.
“There weren't a whole lot of partnerships.”
With a 99-run lead intact, Tucabia White had secure its main objective of clinching the first innings, but with an outright victory on offer, took to the Souths bowlers in a decisive 12-over second innings.
Ray Barnett (54no), Brendan Mitchell (11) and first innings hero, Matt Blanch (26no), scored over a run a ball to build a 94-run second innings total before the declaration halted their shot making.
Chasing 193 run total for victory was a tough mountain to climb for the Souths batsmen, but the top order of Kroehnert (27), Jason Thompson (29), Brandon Honeybrook (12) and Brendan Williams (15) combined to place the club in a good position.
However, the bowling combination of Adamson (5/49) and Andrew Buchanan (2/5) effected the downfall of Souths, with the club losing five wickets in the space of two runs.
“Obviously they were not to keen on chasing the runs,” Adamson said.
“We did pretty well but didn't quite get the outright.”
The middle order collapse was too much to handle and Tucabia white strolled into the finals with a first innings victory.
Kroehnert said it was a disappointment to finish the season in last place, but maintained it had opened the eyes of the clubs junior players.
“We were competitive in most games and were never out righted,” he said.
“Some of the young guys learnt what first grade is all about.”