A big blow for premiers
By TONY WHITE
REIGNING Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League premiers Westlawn Crown Hotel will be without star wicket keeper-batsman Jason Rainbow for the remainder of the season.
Westlawn were hopeful Rainbow, currently working in Brisbane, would return, but he will now be away from cricket indefinitely after a nasty road accident.
Rainbow was knocked from his bike by a car doing a U-turn in front of him and has subsequently undergone six operations, requiring more than 140 stitches for knee and shin injuries.
"He'll require a complete knee reconstruction after Christmas," Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch said. "On behalf of the Westlawn Club and all Jason's friends we wish him a speedy recovery."
Westlawn's problems with depth this season has forced the more senior and experienced players to take on added responsibility.
The club has had an altered first grade side since the season opener against Brothers.
While Rainbow's absence leaves a big hole in the all rounder department, the premiers will welcome back star opener Daniel Amos for today's match against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst at Ellem Oval.
Amos missed last week's defeat at the hands of Harwood Hilton due to family commitments.
While Amos returns Brad Inmon will miss tomorrow's opening day of the two-day game.
Experienced Ken Wilson again steps up to first grade.
Tucabia, embroiled in a citing incident involving Chris Adamson from last week's fiery encounter against South Services, are still smarting after losing first innings points after being in a great position at 2-166 to haul in South's 288.
They eventually lost 7-46, the middle and tail order making early exits to the pavillion after a series of poor shots and excellent bowling from the South attack.
Tucabia captain Damien Rouse believes he has a very good batting line ? Greg Watkins 92, Graeme Egan 29 and Bob McKenzie 43, set the platform against South but received little back up.