CAPTAIN CRUNCH: Tucabia-Copmanhurst bowler Brad Chard has made a habit of breaking the back and stumps of opposition line-ups but will now turn his attention to the tactics of the game as he takes over the leadership pf the side this weekend.
CAPTAIN CRUNCH: Tucabia-Copmanhurst bowler Brad Chard has made a habit of breaking the back and stumps of opposition line-ups but will now turn his attention to the tactics of the game as he takes over the leadership pf the side this weekend. Debrah Novak

Tucabia tests new lookin grand final replay

PREMIER LEAGUE: With a full strength line-up now on deck Tucabia-Copmanhurst will be looking for a polar result to their first round loss to Brothers when they host Harwood in a 2015 grand final rematch today.

The GDSC Premier League Round 2 clash at Ulmarra Showground will be the first clash for the home side under the leadership of strike pace bowler and new captain Brad Chard.

The return of Chard and strike partner Brayden Pardoe after missing the first weekend of the season will also bolster the home side's bowling ranks along with Chris Adamson and Tyson Blackadder.

But according to Pardoe - who has been selected as vice-captain this season - their return does not mean any less work for Dan Cootes who was the pick of their attack against Brothers.

"Cootes picked up all the wickets against Brothers it was great bowling,” he said.

"We had to ask him to bowl a lot because we didn't have a full line-up but there is definitely a chance he will be utilised a bit more this season.

"He has been known to chance the rare break through when we needed it.”

But with both strike bowlers back in the team it will be a fight for overs among what has become one of the better bowling attacks on the Clarence.

The fresh captaincy of Brad Chard has already brought about changes to the Tucabia batting line-up with opener Matt Dougherty dropping lower in the order to make use of a softer ball.

Pardoe believes there could be more changes coming to the side which will give them a fresh approach as they aim to break Harwood's stranglehold on the Premier League competition.

"Brad is pretty switched on, he has been away to higher levels of cricket before so he has picked up a few extra things that blokes around here would not have seen,” he said.

"We are looking forward to having him lead us, it changes it up a bit and brings a few new ideas to the side.

"The good thing is we still have Bob (McKenzie), Addo (Chris Adamson), Matt Blanch and Andy Buchanan who all bring a lot of experience and guidance to the team.”

Harwood will look to capitalise on their first round outright victory over Westlawn to extend their lead atop the CRCA table.



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