Tucabia pair pile on the runs
TUCABIA’S opening pair of Dan Cootes and Brad Lloyd uncorked a run feast against South Services at McKittrick Oval on Monday night.
The duo piled on the runs early to set Tucabia up for a match-winning total of 6-191 from their 30 overs.
In reply South put up a brave fight until a middle-order collapse saw them bundled out for 143.
“It was a pretty decent score considering the way we batted on the weekend,” Tucabia captain Chris Adamson said.
“Our openers got us off to a good start and took full advantage of any loose deliveries. Kyle (Hancock) has been batting down the order on Saturdays so he was elevated up the order to gain some confidence, and he did the job.”
Hancock, a former Brothers’ junior, played a textbook innings which included glorious drives.
His unbeaten 31 kept the runs flowing in the final overs.
South bowlers came under heavy fire with the exception of Jason Thompson (3-25) and Tom Kroehnert (1-25).
“Thommo always bowls a good nagging length and is hard to put away,” Adamson said.
South’s innings got off to a flyer with Brett Woods and captain Tom Kroehnert pouncing on any wayward deliveries.
Woods in particular was brutal on anything overpitched and smashed two huge sixes over midwicket.
He muscled 25 before being caught on the fence from the bowling of Ethan Hourigan.
Kroehnert soon followed, which started the collapse.
South lost 5-16 through a combination of tight bowling and poor shot selection.
Rod Mitchell went for six-an-over but snagged three wickets.
Some late-order resistance from Dave Honeybrook and Thompson provided some entertainment but it was too late.
“We had them at about 7-70 at the halfway mark and I thought we had plenty of runs to play with,” Adamson said.
“I decided to give some of the guys who do not usually bowl a chance to roll the arm over.”
Tucabia used nine bowlers, with Mitchell (3-18) the best.