FAST GLOVES: Coutts wicket keeper Richie Williamson.
FAST GLOVES: Coutts wicket keeper Richie Williamson. Debrah Novak

Williamson’s hands of lightning a major factor for Coutts

THIRD GRADE: Experience seems to be the way to the top in the Clarence River Cricket Association competition.

Today the two teams with the oldest heads face-off in the grand final when the undefeated Coutts Crossing team clashes with GDSC Easts at Lower Fisher synthetic.

Coutts skipper Matt McKee said his team's only worry should be complacency and fear of messing up a so far perfect season.

"That's the trouble going into a grand final undefeated, if you muck it up, you really muck it up," he said.

But McKee said he was taking the approach that Coutts really have the wood on their opponents, having recorded three comprehensive wins over Easts so far this season.

"At JJLawrence we scored 300 against them and bowled them out for under 200," he said.

"We beat them easily at Coutts and at Rushforth Park we got 240 and bowled them out for under 160."

McKee said his top order batting has been consistent all year with most averaging more than 30.

"My brother Tim has scored nearly 600 runs opening the batting including 87 and 74 in his last two innings."

McKee said it's the Coutts bowling that is the team's main weapon.

"We average about a few extras a game, where other sides concede 20 to 30 extras in wides," he said.

"Blokes like Murray Spry, whose about 70, just know how to put it on the spot."

Coutts other weapon is wicket keeper Richie Williamson, who has the remarkable record of 10 stumpings and seven catches for the season.

"Some of those stumpings are down the legside, he's like lightning," McKee said. "He stands up to the stumps for all the bowlers which puts pressure on all the batsmen.

"One mistake and the bails are off."

Easts' president Brett Loveday acknowleged his team will be pushing "the cart up hill in this game."

But Loveday said his team will make the most of its underdog status.

"We have got nothing to lose, we are rank outsiders," he said.

He identified two players who could cause the favourites some problems.

"Chris Fisher is playing really well in the back end of this season and has been in the runs lately," he said.

"Travis Walden has just been a discovery and a half this season, he hits the ball hard and he fields well too."



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