Plains pummelled by clinical Coolac

Tumut Plains’ Elders Cup season went from bad to worse on Saturday when hosting the always strong Coolac Highwaymen.

Playing at Tumut Plains Cricket Ground in round seven of the competition, Plains simply had no answers for Coolac, and were well beaten in the end, going down by 171 runs to keep their winless record in-tact.

Coolac won the toss and scored 8/208, again batting out their 40 overs. 

There were no mammoth scores in the innings either, with youngster George Harpley top-scoring with 37, although a handful of contributions from the likes of Tim Graham (34), Nathan Scofield (31), Adam Graham (30no), Rob Barron (23) and Luke Graham (21no), helped the visitors to a more than competitive first-innings total. 

In reply, Coolac bowled Plains out for the poultry figure of 38 in just 16 overs. 

Missing the likes of Stephen Gill and Kevin Keogh, Plains were in trouble at 6/8 in the fifth over, and while the tail wagged to add some runs, the side was all out and well beaten in the end. 

Rob Barron shined for Coolac, with the opening bowler taking 5/14 from six overs. 

Match report

Coolac won the toss and elected to bat, with Nathan Scofield and Andrew Keatinge opening the batting, and Plains broke through early, with Dan Thomas bowling Andrew Keatinge for one run and Coolac were 1/8 at the end of the third over. 

Schofield kept the runs ticking over at the top over the order when joined by Angus Stapleton, with the pair putting on 38 runs before Stapleton was caught off the bowling off Matt Back for 14 runs and Coolac were 2/44 in the 12th over. 

Back struck again two overs later, removing Schofield for 31 when he was caught by Myles Henman and the Highwaymen were reduced to 3/53 by the end of the 14th over.

Coolac skipper Tim Graham and youngster George Harpley then batted through to drinks (3/83) and eventually added 47 runs to the total before Graham was sent packing on 34 when caught by Chase Bullock off the bowling of Matt Sturt, leaving Coolac 4/100 after 22 overs. 

Harpley continued to bat strongly, and Rob Barron came to the crease, with the pair had 45 more runs before Barron was out on 23 and Coolac were left at 5/145 when he was caught by West of Myles Henman’s bowling.

Two balls later, Henman sent Mark Sharman back to the sheds without bothering the scorers, when he too was caught by West, and Coolac were 6/145 at the end of the 31st over. 

Sturt picked up a second wicket when Nick West showed off some quick hands to stump Harpley on 37, leaving Coolac at 7/155.

Henman was the pick of the Tumut bowlers, and he would earn a third wicket when Tom Sharman was out on 3 when caught by Dwayne Carrol and Coolac were 8/160 at the end of the 34th over.

Still, Adam Graham (30) and Luke Graham (21) batted out the remaining six overs, adding another 48 runs in the process, with Coolac finishing up on 8/208.

The Plains run chase struggled early doors, with the home side losing five wickets in their first 26 balls.

Luke Armstrong was out on 4 after being bowled by Rob Barron in only the fourth ball of the match. 

Fellow opening bowler Duane Shawcross joined in the action in the very next over, with Myles Henman out on 1 when caught by Adam Graham, while in the same over, Tom Sharman ran out Callum Rossiter for a duck and Plains were 3/7 after just two overs. 

Barron’s second over was slick, with the fast bowler sending two batsmen back to the sheds without troubling the scorers. 

Barron bowled both Chase Bullock and Nick West and Plains were now 5/8 after four overs. 

Dwayne Carroll was soon gone for 2, when his was trapped leg before wicket off the bowling of Barron and Plains were 6/8 off six overs. 

Miq Hargreaves (4) and Dan Thomas (2) both fell victim to Shawcross with the pair caught by Nathan Schofield and Tim Graham respectively.

Matt Back added 7 runs before he became Rob Barron’s fifth victim when caught in the deep by Mark Sharman and Matt Sturt was the highest scorer of the innings, with the all-rounder hitting three boundaries, including a maximum before being trapped leg before wicket on 17 by Tom Sharman. 

With Sturt falling victim, Tumut Plains were all out for 37, finishing 171 runs short of their target.