Upset looms for underrated Coutts

EARLIER in the week Tucabia White would have been thinking outright points against a Coutts side missing strike bowler and leading wicket-taker Brad Chard.

In what may be the biggest upset of the season thus far, Coutts are in a commanding position at stumps on day one and are a real chance of picking up first inning points.

Coutts set Tucabia a target of 163 and in reply their more-fancied opponents were in deep trouble at 7-112.

Tucabia’s powerful batting lineup failed to deliver on an Ulmarra wicket which has provided plenty of runs this season. Tucabia’s poor performance with the bat could well be a case of taking the opposition too lightly. However credit must go to Coutts who in the past few games have gelled as a team. Coutts’ big three - Ken Willis, Nick Wood and Troy Henwood - did the damage with the bat to guide their side to a competitive total. Mal Tilse, batting at number 10, chipped in with an opportune 23. Shaun Swan (5-26) and Bob McKenzie (2-21) were the pick of the Tucabia bowlers.

Tucabia’s top four batsmen managed starts but failed to go on with it. Matt Pigg came back down to earth with a thud after belting 113 against South last week. Pigg became the first of Israel Simpson’s three victims, falling for just 9.

All eyes will be on Ray Barnett (34 not out) and Rod Mitchell (1 not out) next week.

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