Harwood batsman Nathan Ensbey during the CRCA match between Harwood and Tucabia at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday 22nd October 2016.
Harwood batsman Nathan Ensbey during the CRCA match between Harwood and Tucabia at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday 22nd October 2016. Debrah Novak

Tucabia exploits tricky wet deck against Harwood

CRCA CRICKET: GI Tucabia Copmanhurst have trumped in on a tricky deck on the opening day of their GDSC Premier League Cricket match against premiers Harwood at Ulmarra.

Harwood battled its way to 5/127 on a rain delayed day in the face of some penetrative fast medium bowling from veteran Chris Adamson, who took 4/27 from 16 overs.

Adamson said the return was not a flashback to his pacy youth.

"You had to put the ball in the right place to draw the batsman into a false shot," he said.

"You do that and the wicket does the work for you."

He said Harwood's position could have been a lot uglier but for a patient innings of 51 not out from experienced opening bat Nathan Ensbey and a counter punching 39 from Mark Ensbey.

Harwood batsman Mark Ensbey during the CRCA match between Harwood and Tucabia at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday 22nd October 2016.
Harwood batsman Mark Ensbey during the CRCA match between Harwood and Tucabia at Small Park Ulmarra on Saturday 22nd October 2016. Debrah Novak

"There was a couple of close calls with Nathan early which went against us, but he really put his head down and batted well," Adamson said.

"We were pretty happy to get Dick (Mark Ensbey) for 39. He was starting to look dangerous."

Adamson said the wet wicket was caused by a sprinkler malfunction earlier in the week.

"We got a call on Thursday, I think, that the sprinkler timers has stuffed up and they'd been left on too long," he said.

While his team is holding most of the cards at the end of day one, Adamson is wary of a flourish at the end of the Harwood innings.

"They'll get 19 overs next week so there's still time for them to build a competitive total," Adamson said.

"They bat right down the order with Luke Many and Matty Young are veterans who are both capable of scoring quick runs."



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