Tu­cabia aims to hit Easts with pace

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - MATTHEW ELK­ER­TON matthew.elk­er­ton@dai­lyex­am­

CRICKET: Af­ter nar­rowly miss­ing out on the points in their open­ing clash against last year’s grand fi­nal­ists Broth­ers, a recharged Tu­cabia-Cop­man­hurst GI Ho­tel will aim to bounce back against top-ofthe-ta­ble GDSC Easts to­day.

And with their “fear­some four­some” pace at­tack – which in­cludes Brad Chard, Bray­den Par­doe, Ro­han Hack­ett and Chris Adam­son – wicket keeper Derek Woods is con­fi­dent they can do it.

Woods has named him­self as the main rea­son the side missed out on the win last week af­ter he dropped two sharp chances that would have proven the dif­fer­ence.

“I know I need to be bet­ter and es­pe­cially with the pace at­tack we are go­ing to be hav­ing to­day, I need to be on song,” Woods said.

“Chop­per (Hack­ett) def­i­nitely looked a lot bet­ter as the day went on last week and had the Broth­ers bats­men play­ing and miss­ing at a lot of balls.

“Chardy is also one of the most un­luck­i­est bowlers in the Clarence. He is just that good the bats­men can’t get enough wood on it to get them­selves out to his bowl­ing.”

But ac­cord­ing to the team leader it’s not the ball that Tu­cabia needs to fo­cus on but more their ef­fort with the wil­low.

Af­ter work­ing their way into the first in­nings at 0-26, Tu­cabia went on to lose 6-28 in a ma­jor in­nings col­lapse be­fore fin­ish­ing all-out for 93.

But the signs im­proved in the sec­ond in­nings, with young opener Blake Ryan open­ing up the arms to score a blaz­ing half-cen­tury.

“We def­i­nitely needed to blow out some cob­webs dur­ing that game and maybe we didn’t do that well enough with the bat,” Woods said.

“But there were still a lot of pos­i­tives to come out of that game and Blake’s ef­fort in the sec­ond in­nings was def­i­nitely one of them.

“He played with­out pres­sure and you could see it in the shots he played. His cover drive would have left Damien Mar­tyn for dead, that’s for sure.”

In other Premier League ac­tion, Coutts Cross­ing will meet West­lawn at Lower Fisher Park, while South Ser­vices will play against Broth­ers at Ellem Oval.

Photo: Adam Houri­gan

GREY FLASH: Tu­cabia-Cop­man­hurst GI Ho­tel fire­brand Chris Adam­son will re­turn to the wicket to­day to com­plete the side’s GDSC Premier League ‘fear­some four­some’.

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