Westlawn, Coutts hold lion's share in Team of the Week

CRCA CRICKET: A shock victory over GDSC Premier League giants Harwood sees cellar dwellers Westlawn hold three spots in the CRCA Team of the Week including Rohan Hackett, who was unstoppable with the bat before taking two crucial wickets with the ball, named as captain.

While players were asked to back up two days in a row, it did not diminish the level of cricket on display in round six and with 10 new faces this week it seems more players were putting in the hard yards.

Coutts Crossing also hold three spots in the side after their dominance over GDSC Easts at Ulmarra with firebrand Adam Elliott the only player to earn back-to-back selections from last week's side.

CRCA TEAM OF THE WEEK

KALLEN LAWRENCE - Westlawn (new)

SINCE being pushed up the order by Westlawn captain Pat Vidler former Yamba opener Kallen Lawrence has started to reclaim the form that saw him dominate the Lower Clarence Cricket Association for Yamba n previous years.

More time at the crease in recent weeks has converted to more confidence for the young batsmen, and on the weekend scored 42 to earn Team of the Week selection ahead of opening partner Simon Wilson (41) as the pair notched a defiant 81-run opening stand against Harwood.

 

Westlawn batsman Cal Lawrence is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Harwood and Westlawn at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 17th December, 2016.
Westlawn batsman Cal Lawrence is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Harwood and Westlawn at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 17th December, 2016. Debrah Novak

MICK SUMMERS - Brothers (new)

IT HAS been a tough few weeks for the Brothers opener who has been inspirational at the top of the order only to watch his solid starts all come undone with mid-innings collapses.

Summers (41) was at it again making the most of a perfect cricket wicket at Lower Fisher Park to score more than a third of the side's overall total including a 48-run opening stand with Billy Kerr (10).

Summers was eventually out wooding a peach of a delivery from Chris Adamson through to Tucabia gloveman Derek Woods and then could only watch on as Brothers lost 8-27 in the middle overs.

 

Brothers batsman Mick Summers during the CRCA Premier League cricket match between Brothers and Coutts at Ellem Oval Grafton on Saturday, 9th January, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Brothers batsman Mick Summers during the CRCA Premier League cricket match between Brothers and Coutts at Ellem Oval Grafton on Saturday, 9th January, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

LUKE COX - Coutts Crossing (wk) (new)

COX finds himself in the Team of the Week for the first time on the back of an impressive half century against GDSC Easts which included 10 boundaries.

Chasing 106 for first innings victory Cox was determined to get the result over and done with early and only narrowly missed out on being at the crease when it happened after being dismissed in peculiar fashion. Having attacked the new ball bowlers to put on an 81-run 2nd wicket stand with Bill North (51), Cox missed a sweep shot off the bowling of Jackson Grieve (2 for 34 off 7) only for the ball to ricochet off the back of his bat on the follow through and balloon to Brendan Palmer at point, to be dismissed for 54.

Cox is also more than handy with the gloves, taking three sharp, low catches in Easts' first innings and proved in the second innings he can sneak a few through with the ball, picking up handy 2 for 8 off 4.1 overs.

BEN HILL - GDSC Easts (2)

GDSC Easts captain Ben Hill makes his way back into the Team of the Week ranks after guiding his troops away from an outright defeat with a dogged half century including important partnerships with young guns Jacob Ellis (18) and Jackson Grieve 7).

Hill was inspirational joining the innings after the early wicket of Brad Robertson (2) and then digging his heels in getting well forward to the ball in an effort to negate a difficult slope on the Ulmarra pitch.

With Coutts Crossing circling like sharks, Hill refused to give up his defences and chewed away at the remaining overs to help put his side in a position to stave off an outright loss.

Hill was also the mainstay in the first innings with 34.

BILL NORTH - Coutts Crossing (new)

THE Coutts Crossing first drop would be used to seeing his name up on this website but usually in the byline of stories  as the digital producer of The Daily Examiner. But the handy middle order batsman earns his place in the GDSC Premier League Team of the Week after a steely 51 at Ulmarra Showground.

North was solid as a rock playing an important foil role for Cox (54) as he bludgeoning the attack at the other end. On a tough batting track North refused to give up his wicket to the GDSC Easts attack with a traditional stoicism reminiscent of an in-form Rahul Dravid.

After Cox's dismissal North took over the aggressor role and upped the ante himself to cruise past GDSC Easts' total of 106 and ensure first innings points. His 71-run 4th wicket stand with Eli Fahey (28) helped give Coutts a handy 65-run lead on day one.

ROHAN HACKETT - Westlawn (new) (c)

WITH a strong run of recent form it was always a matter of when, not if, Rohan Hackett could convert it into a decent score and the moment came in round six against Harwood.

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Hackett refused to give up a single chance while steering the attack to all parts - and very much out of - Ellem Oval, clearing the fence on four occasions.

Westlawn 1st Grade  Batter Rohan Hackett  playing against Coutts Crossing at McKittrick
\Photo Brendan Ray / The Daily Examiner
Westlawn 1st Grade Batter Rohan Hackett playing against Coutts Crossing at McKittrick \Photo Brendan Ray / The Daily Examiner Brendan Ray

Hackett passed the half-century mark with ease and managed to hold down an end as wickets fell opposite him, eventually holing out to Ben McMahon on 79.

The heavy hitter then returned to the long run up on the second day managing to snare the early wicket of the competition's leading run scorer Nathan Ensbey for 10 and the crucial late wicket of Luke Many (17) before the pair could get away.

MATT YOUNG - Harwood (new)

HARWOOD veteran Matt Young takes out the all-rounder spot in the side after the tweaker was easily the Premier League giant's best in a losing effort at the hands of Westlawn.

Young was thrown the ball early to work in tandem with leg spinner Jacob McMahon and bamboozled the Westlawn batsmen with his variation in pace, flight and bounce, snaring more than one caught behind off thick edges.

Young finished with 5 for 72 off 14 overs to snare his first five-wicket-haul in just under three years.

He then turned out with the bat on the second day top scoring for the side with 30 as they succumbed to Westlawn for 175 on a tricky batting deck.

 

Harwood bowler Matt Young is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Harwood and Westlawn at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 17th December, 2016.
Harwood bowler Matt Young is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Harwood and Westlawn at Ellem Oval on Saturday, 17th December, 2016. Debrah Novak

BEN SHAW - GDSC Easts (new)

AFTER removing Tim Tilse early in the innings Ben Shaw would not have been remiss to think he was a chance of bowling Easts to an unlikely victory. But after being blunted out of the attack by Luke Cox that dream soon slipped through the paceman's fingers.

But it was his return to the crease with gusto in his second spell on day two that truly impressed, tearing through the Coutts Crossing lower order to ensure the opposition was unable to mount a mammoth lead.

Shaw (5 for 56 off 14) finished the first innings with an impressive five-wicket haul that took more guts than anything to complete.

CHRIS ADAMSON - Tucabia-Copmanhurst (new)

WITHOUT Premier League fear factor Brad Chard questions were raised about Tucabia Copmanhurst's ability to defend a low 208-run total, but experienced pace bowler Chris Adamson answered those questions and asked some of his own of the Brothers' middle order.

Adamson snared the breakthrough wicket of Billy Kerr (10) to stop a 48-run opening stand before also removing the dangerous Mick Summers (41) and Jamie Firth (0) in consecutive deliveries.

The veteran showed no signs of slowing down sending the stumps cartwheeling out of the ground as he squeezed everything he could from Lower Fisher Park to finish 4 for 39 off 19.

ADAM ELLIOTT - Coutts Crossing (2)

COUTTS Crossing's Adam Elliott is the only selection who backs up from last week's Team of the Week with the pace bowler again working in perfect synchronicity with partner in crime Zac Page as the two dismantled GDSC Easts for 106 in the first innings at Ulmarra.

The pace bowler finished the innings with his second five-wicket haul of the season to take 6 for 33 off 17 overs in what umpire Terry Hickson described as "a perfect exhibition of line and length bowling".

Aided by a sloping Ulmarra Showground wicket, Elliott was getting the ball to cut back in off a length with a few balls pitching outside off and sailing over middle stump, including one delivery which jagged into the top of the off stump of Andrew Latham (5) shouldering arms.

Elliott bowled with similar control but less success in the second innings to take 2 for 48 off 24 overs including 12 maidens, completing 41 overs of bowling in a mammoth effort in the heat across the two days.

Coutts bowler Adam Elliott is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Easts and Coutts at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday, 17th December, 2016.
Coutts bowler Adam Elliott is competing in the CRCA premier league match between Easts and Coutts at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday, 17th December, 2016. Debrah Novak

NATHAN BLANCH - Westlawn (new)

WHILE it might have been a tale of two decks at Ellem Oval with players arriving to a sopping wicket on the second day, it took the patience and control of the Westlawn pace attack to ensure they utilised the wicket to its full advantage and nobody displayed that better than opening seamer Nathan Blanch.

Keeping the wickets tumbling at regular intervals Blanch (6 for 68 off 24.1) was unrelenting with his line and length and managed to move the ball under an overcast sky just enough to trap three batsman leg before and take the castle of tail-ender Ashley Moss.

He bowled an unbelievable 24 of the 56 overs in the innings for new captain Jason Rainbow. But it was not hard to understand why with the pace bowler proving economical and lethal guiding Westlawn to a shock victory over the competition front-runners.

ROWAN GREEN - 12th man - South Services (new)

WHILE a noted Premier League player of the past it was hard to ignore the South Services middle order hitter who is relishing his opportunity in the lower grades.

Green punched holes in the Westlawn attack at JJ Lawrence in what was a top of the table clash scoring 52 before showing off the fireworks at Coutts Crossing on Sunday.

Utilising the lack of movement and pace change on the synthetic pitch at McIntosh Park, Green went to town on the Coutts Crossing attack bludgeoning 20 fours and two maximums on his way to a maiden century for the 2016/17 season, finishing on 121.



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