FLAT OUT PACE: Coutts Crossing bowler Zac Page has been a weapon this season.
FLAT OUT PACE: Coutts Crossing bowler Zac Page has been a weapon this season. Debrah Novak

Coutts batsmen bring form into semi-final clash

COUTTS v TUCABIA: Coutts Crossing will be hoping an exhibition match last weekend between their Presidents XI and Treasurers XI has worked to keep the match fitness of their Premier League players high despite a weekend off from cricket action.

"I think we should be alright," Coutts Crossing captain Luke Cox said. "We played a game last Friday where everyone got a bit of a hit out and all our bowlers got a few overs in the middle.

"We will head into this match reasonably confident but that is taking nothing away from Tucabia. They are a good team on their day and have enough guys who can win matches.

"They have a core group of about seven or eight players who are always there and continue to perform well."

Cox said he was confident that his side could put a decent score on the board and said he would prefer to have a bat if he won the toss.

"Everyone wants to bat first in finals cricket, to be honest whether it be finals or first round putting runs on the board is easier than chasing runs down," he said.

"Pretty much everyone in our side has contributed with the bat throughout the year. Especially in the second half of the season since Christmas every guy has gotten decent time at the crease.

"I don't think any of our batters are out of form."

Coutts pace weapon Zac Page has been a pick of the bowlers in Premier League this season but Cox believes it is the support cast who will really step up this weekend.

"I think [Nick] Woody has been bowling awesome all season and he really flies under the radar," Cox said. "He has got a bumper that's a lot faster than his stock ball and can surprise batsmen.

"Corey Kempshall has also been bowling well in the games that he has played. He is a cranky guy who enjoys getting in batsmen's faces and I think he will really thrive in finals cricket."



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