Brothers get some finals practise
By TONY WHITE
WESTLAWN Grafton Hotel captain Tony Blanch immediately declared his intentions at McKittrick Park on Saturday.
Chasing an outright win and without a ball being bowled, Blanch ended Westlawn's innings at 7-158 with a lead of 44 runs.
Before padding up, Brothers captain Troy McLaren had a chat to the team and they agreed on one game plan ? bat the remainder of the day and build confidence heading into the semi-finals.
Brothers stayed alive for all but nine overs and thwarted Westlawn's outright bid.
"Everyone applied themselves and put their hand up," McLaren said.
"The young blokes in particular ? Sam Jackson, Mick Summers, Pat Vidler and Joe Lancaster ? made a good first of it.
"I was most impressed with everyone's commitment."
Summers, after scoring 38no in Brothers first innings, netted a defiant 43.
Jackson top-scored with 62.
Vidler made 24, Lancaster 23 and after opening, Trevor White managed 29. Matt Ryan stroked a solid 41.
"It was the same story, dropped catches let us down," Blanch lamented.
"We had them 5-124 but Sam Jackson virtually shut the shop on an outright."
Westlawn batted for nine overs in its second innings ending the day at 5-41, Ron Chaffey claiming every wicket.