Young Gorman stands up again
WHAT A difference a year makes.
Last season Tucabia Blue struggled to make an impact in the Premier League - now they find themselves in the finals series and with a realistic chance of going all the way.
In a game Easts would rather forget, Tucabia Blue gained outright points at McKittrick Park and in doing so leapfrogged Tucabia White into fourth place and a semi-final showdown with Brothers next week.
For Easts, the season end could not come quick enough which was evident by their batting scorecard.
Taking nothing away from Tucabia’s bowlers, the Easts’ batsmen must have had their minds on something else after they were dismissed for an embarrassing total of just 33 runs.
Josh Gorman and captain Matt Kroehnert ripped through the Easts’ batsmen taking five wickets a piece. Gorman finished the match with eleven wickets and according to Kroehnert his opening bowler has been an important cog in Tucabia’s success this season.
“Josh has been outstanding for us all season and has the ability to move the ball off the deck at good pace,” Kroehnert said.
“The wicket was not as bad as everyone thought it would be... in fact it was better than last week. We bowled tight lines and took our catches.
“You would change the field and position a fieldsman somewhere and they (Easts) hit the ball straight to them.”
Kroehnert added the reason for Tucabia Blue’s transformation into a competitive cricket side this year was a combination of players stepping up to the mark and giving young hopefuls a chance at the top level.
“The big difference this year is we have shown faith in some of the younger guys. Matt Dougherty and Josh Gorman have both really stood up and led the way and everyone else has chimed in when needed,” he said.
Looking a head to next week’s elimination semi-final against Brothers, Kroehnert confirmed his side will not die wondering.
“We will certainly put up a fight. We need to knuckle down with the bat and show some patience,” he said.
“Brothers are a dangerous side with quiet a few match winners. The key wickets for us will be Troy Mclaren and Mick Summers.
“We will also have to watch Brad Robertson with the ball.”
With rain forecast for the rest of the week Kroehnert said he was hopeful the match against Bothers would be moved from McKittrick Park to Ulmarra.
Tucabia White v Easts
Easts first innings: 60
Tucabia Blue Innings: 80
Easts second innings
P Grieves b Kroehnert 4
G Watkins lbw Gorman 3
C Pierse c Maloney b Kroehnert 0
T Whalan c Dougherty b Gorman 5
C Finney c O’Connor b Gorman 5
G Blackwell c Dougherty b Kroehnert 0
D Cameron c Maloney b Kroehnert 11
D Harris c Maloney b Gorman 1
A Spies c Deleiuen b Gorman 0
K Law not out 2
A O’Brien c Gorman b Kroehnert 0
Fall: 5, 7, 13, 16, 17, 25, 31, 31, 31, 33
Bowling: J Gorman 5/19, M Kroehnert 5/10, E Hourigan 0/2
Tucabia Blue second innings
B O’Connor not out, 18
D Woods not out, 1
Bowling: C Pierse 0/4, G Watkins 0/15
Tucabia Blue won on outright.