Young guns hold key for Coutts in second grade preliminary

CRCA CRICKET: Coutts Crossing will take on Tucabia Copmanhurst John Williams Optometrist at McKittrick Park in the CRCA Second Grade preliminary final buoyed by its 31-run victory against Brothers last week.

A 68-run opening stand from Josh Harris (43) and Dan Trickett (35) set the platform for Coutts who set 170 in the minor semi-final at Ulmarra Showground.

A defiant 44 from Naomi McDonald was the highlight of the Brothers run chase, who were dismissed for 139.

Coutts Crossing captain Daniel Blackman bowled a mammoth 22-over spell to take 5 for 46 at Ulmarra Showground.

He said the crop of youngsters Nick Lawson, Reece Gaddes and Ethan Munro had added a fresh element to the side this season. The return of Eli Fahey from the knocked out Premier League will also add more youthful enthusiasm to the outfit.

"The young fellas are the heart and future of the club and have helped carry us through to this stage of the competition," Blackman said.

"They're only going to get bigger and better. It would be good if the club could hold onto them for the future.

"The rest of us fellas aren't getting any younger."



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