White's Blues woes
“TOO much Christmas turkey”– that is the tongue-in-cheek excuse Tucabia White captain Chris Adamson is using after his side’s shock loss to Tucabia Blue at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
“The break didn’t do us much good, but in saying that they (Tucabia Blue), deserved the win,” Adamson said.
Despite the Ellem Oval pitch being described as a ‘belter’ by Adamson, it was the bowlers who cashed in.
After winning the toss Tucabia Blue elected to bat and got off to a solid start through openers Dan Cootes (15) and Brett O’Connor (18) before Adamson up-rooted Cootes’ middle stump.
Matt Dougherty continued his fine form with the bat, belting 25 before becoming the first of Matt Pigg’s four victims.
At 6-68 Tucabia Blue looked like being bowled out for less than 100 until Greg Mears (25) and Josh Gorman (24) kick-started a fight-back late in the innings to guide their side to 129.
Pigg’s ability to take wickets and stem the flow of runs kept Tucabia Blue to a modest total, the first change bowler finishing with an impressive 4-38.
Adamson said his side were confident in chasing Tucabia Blue’s meagre total.
“I thought it was a 200-plus wicket,” he said.
“The pitch was excellent and I honestly thought a total of 130 was well within our reach.
“Once Piggy (Matt Pigg) got out we lost our momentum and the loss of three quick wickets put us on the back foot.”
An unlikely hero with the ball for Tucabia Blue was their star batsman, Matt Kroehnert, who took the all important scalps of Pigg, Bob McKenzie, Matt Blanch and Brad Lloyd.
“Both teams bowled well but Matt Kroehnert and Ethan Hourigan were superb,” Adamson said.
“They actually bowled their team back into the game.”
Tucabia Blue captain and chief wicket-taker Kroehnert was more than pleased with his team’s performance, particularly against the competition leaders.
“We dropped a few catches; in fact we dropped two in the first over. After we dismissed Piggy the wickets started flowing,” Kroehnert said.
“Everyone bowled well but as far as the batting went, it wasn’t the best of performances from either side.”