Strugglers surprise comp leaders
COMPETITION leaders Westlawn crashed back to earth with a thud after a 41-run defeat at the hands of struggling Coutts Crossing at Ulmarra on Saturday.
A rejuvenated Coutts celebrated their first win of the season in the Premier League and have put other teams on notice that they can be the real deal.
The win caps a good fortnight for Coutts, who notched an important Monday night win to stay in the race for that competition.
Coutts scrambled to 9-151 off their allotted 40 overs, with the day belonging to under-16 representative player Lewis Chevalley.
He took full advantage of a Westlawn bowling attack minus Matt Lobsey and Rohan Hackett.
Chevalley’s impressive 74 held Coutts’ innings together and gave his bowlers a competitive total to defend.
Admitting 151 runs may not have been enough, Coutts captain Tim Tilse was full of praise for the way his young opening batsman handled the situation.
“Lewis was definitely a standout for us today,” Tilse said. “He held the innings together and was very patient. I’ve been trying to get someone all season to hold up one end and post a big score and Lewis did just that.
“I thought 150 would have been a bit short but with four or five of their batsmen back in the pavilion we managed to dry-up the runs,” he said.
“Once again Brad (Chard) bowled well, he has been in-form and has found his rhythm.”
Chard was the main destroyer, claiming 3-15, while right-arm spinner Mal Tilse, father of Coutts captain Tim, took 3-38.
“The old fellow bowled well. He took three wickets and in doing so tied up one end,” the captain said.
Westlawn’s Tony Blanch conceded Coutts were the better team on the day but said he was disappointed with his side’s inability to maintain pressure on their batsmen.
“They (Coutts) probably got 20-30 runs more then they should have. Our bowling at the start was ordinary, there were too many wides and a few overthrows that let them off the hook,” he said.
“I realise our batting line up was not as good as it usually is with several key players missing ... but that’s no excuse.
“Nutsy (Brad Inmon) batted well and was unlucky to be dismissed. The ball came off his pads and onto the stumps.
“Jason Rainbow looked good until he went for the maximum and got caught near the boundary. Jason needs to calm himself down and be a bit more patient.”