Poor batting costs Coutts
TUCABIA Blue moved to third position on the ladder after disposing of Coutts Crossing in emphatic fashion at McKittrick Park.
It has been a long season for Coutts who is still looking for that elusive win.
Last week against South Services Coutts indicated it may be on the improve, posting a competitive score of 180.
However - as we have seen all too often this year - their batsmen once again failed to deliver.
Coutts were bundled out for a paltry 85 with only Troy Henwood reaching double figures.
Henwood was a standout with a well-deserved 32.
Tucabia Blue top-order batsman Matt Dougherty said although it was a decisive victory by his side he was sympathetic of Coutts’ woeful season.
“They are a good side who just lack experience. They are a young team with plenty of potential,” Dougherty said.
“We were in the same boat last year and only managed two wins... a lot does come down to experience and the way you approach the game, particularly the batting.”
Josh Gorman has been a revelation with his medium pace this season and again proved a handful with his line and length deliveries.
He bagged 4-19 to put Coutts under the pump early.
“Josh always bowls a good spell and keeps things pretty tight. He moved the ball around a lot which made it tough for the Coutts top-order,” Dougherty said.
Matt Kroehnert proved a perfect foil at the other end and can be considered a handy all-rounder after taking 3-18 in a tidy spell.
It wasn’t the best of starts for Tucabia who was reeling at 2-2 after young bowling sensation Brad Chard removed both openers by disturbing the furniture.
Matt Kroehnert and Matt Dougherty ensured Tucabia remained in control of the match with scores of 30 not out and 51 not out respectively.
Both batsmen were keen for an early finish as they went about thumping the Coutts attack to all parts of the ground.
Tucabia finished at 2-86 off just 11.5 overs.
“Matt (Kroehnert) is certainly a huge asset to our team, with both bat and ball... he’s always in the game,” Dougherty said.
“Young Chard bowled well and can be quiet nippy at times. Their (Coutts) bowlers got tired near the end and started to bowl too many half-trackers and half-volleys.”
Dougherty said Saturday’s game against Coutts was the last for team-mate Greg Mears who undergoes shoulder surgery this week.
“We will really miss Greg being out there on the field - it will be a huge blow. Greg bowled well on Saturday and was unlucky with a couple of decisions going against him,” he said.