Rohan Hackett will have to back up his heroics with the ball last week with another gritty batting display today against Brothers.
Rohan Hackett will have to back up his heroics with the ball last week with another gritty batting display today against Brothers.

All eyes on the man with the bat

LAST week, he ripped through the Brothers' batting line-up.

This week, Westlawn fast bowler Rohan Hackett has to score with the bat.

After snaring seven Brethren wickets last week the Westlawn speed demon has a chance to guide his side to first innings points to all but secure second place on the Premier League table.

Still 33 runs in arrears, Westlawn captain Daniel Amos will be hoping his remaining batsmen can produce the goods.

Unlike most fast bowlers Hackett can handle the willow.

The problem is Westlawn only have three wickets in hand.

Desperate to cement second place on the table and feature in the major semi-final next week Westlawn's remaining batsmen need to score a further 34 runs to claim first innings points.

And with Hackett at the wicket and seasoned campaigner Tony Blanch still at the crease the Brothers bowlers could have their work cut out.

“I think we only need about 30-odd runs,” Hackett said.

“Skully (Tony Blanch) is still capable with the bat and Matt Lobsey returns after missing last week.

“I think Matt can now be classed as an all-rounder. He got 40 runs against Tucabia a few weeks ago and is no slouch with the bat.”

Hackett said his approach to today's game will be no different to any other match and with a usually fast Ulmarra outfield he believes his side is in a comfortable position.

“I'll have a close look at the wicket and play my natural game,” he said.

“Ulmarra is a fast outfield so if you get the ball through the in-field it's usually four runs.”

Standing in the way of a Westlawn victory is Brothers' opening bowler Ryan Lynch who has been in season-best form recently

“We need to keep a close eye on Ryan early on. He's been bowling well and can do a bit with the ball,” Hackett said.

“It's important we see him off and try and pick off the runs.”

Last Saturday Hackett was back to his best with the ball taking 7-56. Still down on pace after recovering from a knee injury, the Westlawn spearhead has found another string to his bow.

“I'm probably a few weeks away from reaching top pace but my rhythm seems to be good,” he explains.

“I'm coming off my short run and have been swinging the ball back into the right hander.”

The Ulmarra wicket could have the final say with further showers predicted. But Hackett believes the pitch will be good to bat on.

“It should be alright to bat on. Last week in my first spell it had a ‘tennis ball' bounce but flattened out later in the day,” he said.



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