Blanch and Firth fire for Westlawn
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON Services Brothers squandered a golden opportunity against Westlawn Grafton Hotel at McKittrick Park. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Brothers' batsmen failed to fire and were dismissed for 114. "Disappointing," Brothers cap- tain Troy McLaren said of his team's effort. "We just didn't adapt. There were some poor shots." In a game of vital importance to Westlawn, opening bowlers An- drew Firth and Nathan Blanch were always on top of their ri- vals. Brothers lasted only 37.4 overs. Middle order batsman Mick Summers (38no), although dropped twice, was the only Brothers bats- man able to craft a decent score.
Firth finished with 4-35 and Blanch 4-54, both bowling 15 un- changed overs. "Nathan moved the ball around. It was his best perfor- mance all season," Westlawn cap- tain Tony Blanch said. Sent in at 3.30pm, Westlawn should have gone for the jugular. It wasn't a big total and they needed an outright win. However, Brothers' bowlers fought back admirably and Wes- tlawn's batting faltered. Despite a polished 65 from opener Shaun Ulrick, Westlawn spluttered to 7-158 at stumps, a lead of 54. McLaren (2-30) and Corey Ber- talli (1-39) were the pick of Brothers' bowlers. Westlawn did, however, secure first innings points. But in the context of this sea- son, will that be enough?