Pigg and McKenzie dig Tucabia out of trouble against Souths
GI HOTEL Tucabia-Copmanhurst overcame a terrible start to put itself in a winning position in their match with Souths Services at Ulmarra Showground on Saturday.
Tucabia's openers Dan Cootes and Matt Dougherty fell in quick succession at the top of the order, with both batsmen out for ducks to leave them reeling at 2-2.
Matty Pigg and Bob McKenzie arrested the slide, putting together a vital 85-run partnership to help steer Tucabia to 8-210 at stumps.
Tucabia's Chris Adamson admitted it wasn't the best start for his team, but was happy with how it turned out.
"It wasn't your ideal start but I think it went well in the end," Adamson said. "The pitch played a lot better than what we would've thought it would.
"Their bowlers toiled hard for no reward but we've still got another eight overs to play."
Adamson said they'd look at using the overs to score quick runs next week and focus on getting first innings points.
"We have to score a few more but our aim now is to get the points," Adamson said.
"Tom Kroehnert and Ben Woods are dangerous and Pedro (Matt Peterson) can swing a bat as well so it won't be easy."
Souths captain Kroehnert said he was happy with the way his bowlers performed, and was confident his team could run down the total.
"It was good at 2-9 but their total isn't too bad for us to chase," Kroehnert said.
"We had three guys out but two of them - Jake Frame and Brendan Cleaver - are batsmen and have been in pretty good form.
"We'll aim to get these final wickets then we can shift our focus to getting the points."
Kroehnert said Tucabia's total could've been about 60 runs less than it ended up but the fielders didn't take advantage of their opportunity.
"We had a few chances to remove Bob and Piggy when they were around the 20-30 mark," Kroehnert said.
"If we held them the scores could've been a lot less but that's cricket."