Amos back to the future
WESTLAWN’S Daniel Amos turned in a vintage performance with the bat to guide the competition leaders to a comprehensive 98-run victory against South Services at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
The classy left-hand opening batsman blasted a magnificent 87 in a masterclass display of batting.
Opting to bat first on a flat Ellem Oval deck, Westlawn amassed 7-246.
Earlier in the week veteran spin bowler Tony Blanch emphasised the importance of his side building partnerships - and that’s exactly what they did.
Amos and Brendan Purser put on an opening stand of 49 before Purser fell to a miraculous catch at first slip by Tom Kroehnert
Westlawn lost its way in the middle overs before a superb innings by Rohan Hackett brought South to their knees.
Hackett smashed an unbeaten 81, punishing any loose deliveries.
Simon Wilson (13) and Matt Lobsey (10 not out) kept the runs ticking over in the final overs, picking up quick singles to give Hackett the strike.
“It was great to see Charlie (Daniel Amos) score some runs and even better for the batsmen to put together some decent partnerships,” Blanch said
“Charlie played some brilliant square-drives through point, his timing was back. He smashed a massive six into the skate park with almost little effort.”
Blanch said Westlawn can thank the South fieldsman who put down several crucial catches, including several from Amos.
“I think Charlie was dropped three times and there were a few more missed opportunities,” Blanch said.
“Zac Page bowled a good line and length causing difficulty to our top-order and could have ended up with a few more scalps.”
South got off to the worst possible start, losing Matt Peterson and David Honeybrook in the first over.
South was reeling at 2-0 when Brett Woods (19) and Michael Fletcher (18) steadied the ship.
Their 33-run partnership looked promising until the mercurial John Blanch was handed the ball.
He removed Fletcher and then with his very next ball sent Brandon Cleaver on his way for a golden duck.
It was South captain Tom Kroehnert’s turn to face the music with Blanch now on a hat-trick.
A well-flighted delivery caught the edge of Kroehnert’s bat which saw the ball balloon to Amos at first slip.
Amos quickly went from hero to villain as the ball managed to escape from his grasp.
Kroehnert and Chris Cleaver put on a valuable 62-run stand before both batsmen succumbed to the spin bowling of Blanch.
South was dismissed for 148 with Jason Thompson remaining 19 not out.
For Westlawn John Blanch (3-26) continued his brilliant form with the ball while Matt Lobsey tore through the top-order and then the tail with 4-31.
Tony Blanch chipped in with 2-29.