Westlawn?s Nathan Blanch bowls to Greg Watkins in the weekend?s elimination final.
Westlawn?s Nathan Blanch bowls to Greg Watkins in the weekend?s elimination final.

Adamson ends Westlawn?s reign at the top

By Adrian Miller

GI HOTEL Tucabia-Copmanhurst fast bowler Chris Adamson produced 'the spell of his life' to knock defending premiers Westlawn Crown Hotel out of the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League elimination final yesterday.

Set 327 for victory and playing for the right to meet Harwood in next week's grand final, Westlawn looked to be cruising at 2-183 before Adamson changed the course of the match with a seven-wicket haul.

Daniel Amos had compiled a brilliant century and Daniel Purser (69) an excellent half-century to put Westlawn in a commanding position.

But that all changed when Adamson, who only returned to the side last week, was brought back into the attack.

Having already snared two early wickets, Adamson dismissed Amos for 104, and when Jason Disson removed Purser, Westlawn were 4-204.

They still looked in control, but Adamson ripped through the rest of the line-up to have Tucabia all out for 240.

Westlawn lost their last seven wickets for 36 runs, with Adamson finishing with 7-71 from 23 overs.

Adamson was easily Tucabia's star performer after also contributing 54 runs with the bat. Tucabia-Copmanhurst's Greg Watkins said they owed their spot in the decider to Adamson.

"They were cruising and looked like they would win comfortably until he (Adamson) came back on," Watkins said. "But he produced the spell of his life and once we got Amos and Purser, he just ripped through them.

"He was the player of the match, no doubt."

Tucabia-Copmanhurst set their imposing total of 326 after Bob McKenzie (78), Watkins (77) and Adamson got among the runs. Westlawn's Andrew Firth will be sore today, after bowling 50 overs and taking 5-135.

Watkins said they were looking forward to next week.

"We were down and out but came good so we can front up next week with a bit of confidence," he said.



Tuc.-Cop. innings:

G EGAN c Purser Firth18

G WATKINS b Firth77

M BLANCH lbw Firth0

B McKENZIE b Chevalley78

M PIGG lbw Chevalley18

A BUCHANAN run out (Hackett)28

C ADAMSON b Firth54

A AMOS b Firth0

T DICKSON run out (Hackett)32

S DALTON b Hackett14

J DISSON not out3



Fall: 63, 67, 118, 181, 200, 250, 250, 283, 314, 326. Bowling: A Firth 5/135, R Hackett 1/99, N Blanch 0/46, J Chevalley 2/42.

Westlawn innings:

BJ PURSER lbw Adamson16

D AMOS c Pigg b Adamson104

S ULRICK c Amos b Adamson4

D PURSER stp Egan b Disson69

S WILSON run out (Dickson)0

A FIRTH c Amos b Adamson11

B INMON c Dalton b Pigg7

T BLANCH b Adamson3

R HACKETT c Adamson0

J CHEVALLEY b Adamson11

N BLANCH not out2



Fall: 43, 49, 183, 204, 204, 221, 224, 224, 231, 240. Bowling: A Amos 0/26, T Dickson 0/50, C Adamson 7/71, S Dalton 0/11, J Disson 1/29, M Pigg 1/42.

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