Tucabia produce best batting of season to no avail
CRCA CRICKET: It is not too often a Premier League side can say they scored 308 runs but still lost the contest.
For Tucabia-Copmanhurst this was a reality in the CRCA Premier League grand final.
It was a valiant effort from the Tucabia batsmen, who looked down and out with the side at 5-158.
"It was a tough loss but I thought we showed some fight with the bat on Sunday," Tucabia captain Bob McKenzie said.
"Obviously, our fielding effort on the first day was not up to scratch.
"I said last week that catches win matches and we had to make them stick for us to be in it, and unfortunately, they didn't stick, hence we were chasing 376 to win.
"It was always going to be a tough challenge. We stuck it to them, but it just was not enough."
McKenzie felt a turning point in the Tucabia innings was his own wicket in the last over before lunch.
"I have personally felt in pretty good form of late and I wanted to really put it to them," McKenzie said.
"That last over it was just a half-hearted dab. But if we go to lunch at 2-80 then Piggy and myself could bat for a while.
"Ultimately, we needed wickets at the end but the wickets in hand weren't there."
The tail was wagging for Tucabia with strike bowler Brad Chard (60), lower order hitter Dan Cootes (23) and Tyson Blackadder (21) all adding to a strong showing.
"We have been hot and cold all season," McKenzie said. "We probably saved our best batting performance until last and on the sideline we thought we were going to get there.
"Overall, it was a good game of cricket, and cricket was the winner."
CLARENCE RIVER CRICKET ASSOCIATION
GDSC PREMIER LEAGUE
HARWOOD V TUCABIA-COPMANHURST
At Ellem Oval
Harwood 1st Innings
H Nicholson lbw b Chard 58
N Ensbey c Dougherty b Adamson 10
D Harris c Pardoe b Pigg 58
MA Ensbey not out 130
BG McMahon c Blanch b Adamson 35
MN Young b Adamson 2
HJ McMahon c Blanch b 3
NA Essex not out 28
Extras (b 22, lb 20, w 10, nb 0) 52
SIX wickets for 376
FoW: 1-30(N Ensbey) 2-113(H Nicholson) 3-161(D Harris) 4-288(BG McMahon) 5-296(MN Young) 6-313(HJ McMahon)
Bowling: B Chard 30-8-67-1, CA Adamson 23-5-76-4, BR Pardoe 18-1-95-0, MC Pigg 15-2-47-1, TJ Blackadder 8-0-32-0, JG Powell 2-0-17-0.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst 1st Innings
MJ Blanch c Many b HJ McMahon 14
MJ Dougherty lbw b HJ McMahon 9
BJ McKenzie c MA Ensbey b JT 44
MC Pigg c MA Ensbey b Harris 41
BR Pardoe c HJ McMahon b Johnson 21
AJ Buchanan c & b BG McMahon 44
CA Adamson lbw b Harris 12
DJ Cootes c MA Ensbey b Harris 23
B Chard b BG McMahon 60
TJ Blackadder c Essex b BG McMahon 21
JG Powell not out 1
Extras (b 7, lb 5, w 0, nb 6) 18
FoW: 1-16(MJ Dougherty) 2-50(MJ Blanch) 3-77(BJ McKenzie) 4-116(BR Pardoe) 5-158(MC Pigg) 6-198(CA Adamson) 7-200(AJ Buchanan) 8-258(DJ Cootes) 9-305(B Chard) 10-308(TJ Blackadder)
Bowling: NA Essex 16-2-51-0, HJ McMahon 8-1-29-2, BG McMahon 8.4-0-32-3, LD Johnson 12-0-39-1, JT McMahon 6-0-44-1, Many 10-2-29-0, D Harris 23-8-60-3, MN Young 2-0-12-0.
- Harwood won by 68 runs