Tucabia triumphs over Souths as turnaround continues
GI HOTEL Tucabia-Copmanhurst continued their early season revival with an 87-run first innings victory over Souths Service on Saturday.
Resuming at 8-210, Tucabia added just two more runs to their total before the ninth wicket fell, prompting a declaration after a team-sheet error forced them to play with 10 batsmen.
Souths' run chase got off to a bad start with dangerous openers Brett Woods and Tom Kroehnert dismissed early.
With Matthew Pigg (5-42) and Chris Adamson (4-42) proving had to play, the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Souths bundled out for 125 to hand Tucabia their second consecutive win.
"We bowled really well in partnerships and that's a big reason as to why we won," Adamson said.
"The bowlers kept the runs to a minimum and took regular wickets to keep them under pressure."
Souths seamer Jason Thompson looked at home with a bat in hand, scoring an unbeaten 20 to help avoid the follow-on.
Thompson said it was the best he'd batted in a while but paid tribute to Tucabia's bowlers.
"Some of the guys said I looked more comfortable out there than I have in a long time so that was encouraging," he said.
"Credit where it's due, Tucabia's bowlers performed extremely well.
"For some reason Addo (Adamson) always gets us and Saturday was no different."
Thompson and Adamson said the pitch played better on the second day, putting pressure on the bowlers to maintain a consistent line and length.
Souths will play Westlawn in the first limited overs game next week while Tucabia has the bye.