Tucabia on track to gain first innings points
GI HOTEL Tucabia-Copmanhurst is on track to take first innings points against GDSC Easts at Ellem Oval.
Spearheaded by Nathan Essex, the CRCA Premier League defending champ restricted Easts to 187 before slashing the required target to just 80 runs in the space of 20 overs.
Essex claimed top figures of 4 for 43 off 14 overs before Matt Dougherty (60) and Matt Blanch (44no) combined for a 95-run opening stand to finish the day 1 for 108.
"Nathan Essex was awesome, moving the ball both ways on a batsman-friendly wicket," stand-in skipper Matt Pigg, who bowled a tidy 2 for 20 off 9, said.
"Then Matt Dougherty was thrown in the deep end to open and scored 21 runs in the second over - all cricket shots along the ground.
"Matt Blanch has had a few goods knocks in a row now and should go on to get a big score next Saturday."
Blanch will resume day two with nightwatchman Joey Pigg (3no).
For Easts, opener Jordan Elliott (70) once again held the top order together before an encouraging 39 from Nathan Butterick.
Captain Doug Harris could not fault the effort of his players, despite the lopsided scoreboard.
"We worked pretty hard and battled away," Harris said.
"Little bits of luck are escaping us at the minute. I can't really fault the effort.
"1 for 108 doesn't make good reading, but Tucabia were aggressive and fortune favoured the brave.
"We were left scratching our heads because we didn't do too much wrong.
"Jordan's in good nick and did another fantastic job. Young Nathan Butterick in his first top grade game put on a valuable partnership with Jordan and batted well with the tail."