53 runs or 4 wickets ? it?s that close
By Tony White
Fifty-three tantalising runs.
That's the target for premiers Westlawn Crown Hotel to take first innings points against GI Hotel TucabiaCopmanhurst at Ellem Oval today.
But with only four wickets in hand, the premiers have a real battle on its hands.
Tucabia made 142 in its first innings and at the close of play last Saturday had Westlawn struggling at 6-90.
Tucabia can sniff victory. Westlawn's backs are to the wall.
Rohan Hackett (0) and Jason Chevalley (2) resume for Westlawn and much will depend on the pair.
Fortunately for Westlawn, Bob McRedie, who missed batting last week due to a knee injury, expects his ageing body to hold up and play a supporting role in attaining the target.
Top order batsman Brad Inmon also returns today after missing last week's game due to family commitments. The right handed Inmon has scored plenty of runs for Westlawn.
"Rohan and Jason are very capable of getting the runs, Jason having been in this situation numerous times for us," Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch said. "And Rohan has scored many runs especially in the Under-16s.
"We just need some Westlawn spirit and the boys to bat sensibly but it will take a very special effort from everyone."
Inclement weather is another factor entering the final equation.
"It wouldn't surprise me if there was an outright, especially given the weather patterns the way they are," Blanch added.
Tucabia will have its tail up with the game for the taking and tall medium pacer Trent Dickson, who took three quick wickets last week, certain to be a danger man.
While weakened following the suspension of Chris Adamson, Jason Disson, Tucabia captain Damien Rouse and Aaron Amos are capable of getting among the wickets.
Dickson has figures of 3-16 and Amos 2-12.
Amos snared the vital wicket of Andrew Firth for 5.
Westlawn's batting strength is down on previous years and Tucabia have proved this season they are more than capable of matching the top teams.