Tucabia-Copmanhurst bowler Chris Adamson took a five wicket haul in the first innings to set his side up for outright victory over Brothers in the Premier League preliminary final.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst bowler Chris Adamson took a five wicket haul in the first innings to set his side up for outright victory over Brothers in the Premier League preliminary final. Matthew Elkerton

Pace attack delivers to put Tucabia through to grand final

GI HOTEL Tucabia-Copmanhurst booked another GDSC Premier League grand final berth thanks to stellar bowling spells from Chris Adamson and Brad Chard late Saturday afternoon to set up a preliminary final win over Clocktower Hotel Brothers. 

After setting a small first innings total of 139, the most lethal bowling combination on the Clarence River went to work to have Brothers reeling at 9 for 41 overnight. 

It did not take long for Adamson to wrap up the first innings victory early on the second morning with his first five-wicket haul of the 2015/16 season.

Adamson was proud of Tucabia's never-say-die attitude in the field

"It wasn't ideal only getting 139 on a sort of slowish batting wicket," he said. "But very happy with the way Bradley and myself bowled on Saturday.

"We bowled good areas and put the ball on the spot to make them play - and as it happens, we sort of demoralised them at nine wickets for only 40-odd overnight."

But a second innings fight back from the Brothers bowling unit saw Tucabia all-out in the second innings for 100 giving Brothers a solid sniff at victory needing 195 before the end of play. 

A determined 62 from Brothers captain Jake Kroehnert was just not enough as Matt Pigg (5-38) and Chard (3-36) wrapped up the tail and the game for Tucabia Copmanhurst. 

The win means Tucabia will face Harwood in the grand final for the fourth year in a row. Harwood took a 2-1 lead in that head to head battle after last season's decider was washed out, handing Harwood the trophy as minor premiers. 

With rain predicted for the coming week, captains of both sides will have their fingers crossed for two clear days of cricket action next weekend.



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