Pigg ton a highlight as Tucabia take charge with huge total
WE should have known better than to call GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst out on their first round loss.
The competition heavyweights were missing several key players when they suffered a surprise outright loss to South Services in the opening round.
The build-up to their second round match was all about how they would bounce back against Clocktower Hotel Brothers, who themselves registered a rare first innings win in the season opener.
Any doubts about Tucabia-Copmanhurst's ability have been replaced with the first salvo across the bow of the other six Clarence River Cricket Association clubs.
Led by the returning Matty Pigg's 129, Tucabia-Copmanhurst smashed and dashed their way to a huge 385 from 79.3 overs at Ellem Oval.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst captain Bob McKenzie, who will also captain the CRCA XI next week against Coffs Harbour, was rapt with his team's performance.
"I was a bit disappointed we didn't bat out the full 80 overs," McKenzie said with a laugh.
"Piggy's 130-odd, and Matt Blanch hit 74 but everyone dipped in with a few runs."
Brothers' bowling attack was destroyed in every way, shape and form. The only player not to hit a boundary off their wayward bowling was Matt Dougherty who produced the only duck on the Tucabia-Copmanhurst scorecard.
Brothers deserve some credit for battling on gamely.
Captain Mick Summers rotated his seven bowlers - all of whom finished with at least one wicket - and tried in earnest to stop the Tucabia-Copmanhurst batsmen.
But they could not be stopped, flogging 53 fours and seven sixes on their way to what could be the highest total of the season.
"I don't expect that kind of score every week," McKenzie said.
"As long as we bat out our overs and score over 200 I'll be happy. If you bat out the overs those scores become possible.
"We won't take Brothers lightly next week. It only takes two of their batsmen to get a good start and we could be in trouble."
Brothers will start their chase next Saturday.