Brothers star in night win


BROTHERS Daniel and Brendan Purser starred with a 106-run partnership in Westlawn Crown Hotel's win over Coutts Crossing in the South Grafton Ex-Services/Daily Examiner night cricket competition at McKittrick Park on Monday evening.

The young tyros provided the backbone of Westlawn's 4-179 off 30 overs.

Daniel top scored with a rampant 70no which included six boundaries and two sixes.

Brendan, who opened the innings with Andrew Firth struck a well compiled 57 with eight boundaries. Brendan also had his team mates in raptures when he brilliantly threw down the stumps from mid wicket to run out Tim Tilse for 6 in Coutts innings.

Firth, the first wicket to fall, made a hard hitting 26.

Westlawn's up tempo batting saw them average nearly six runs an over after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Coutts put up a valiant effort to match Westlawn after, Ken Willis top scoring with 34 before being bowled Hackett, caught Jason Chevalley.

Coutts had a couple of good partnerships early in the innings but Chevalley and spinner Jake Conway-James ripped through the lower order.

Chevalley (3-6), Firth (2-18), Nathan Blanch (2-23) and Conway-James (2-32) were the major wicket takers for Westlawn.

Coutts were dismissed for 133.

Racism payback

MELBOURNE. ? Australian cricketers are bracing themselves for hostile receptions during the coming tour of South Africa amid fears fans will seek payback for the racial abuse directed at the Proteas by Australian crowds this summer.

The seven-week tour, which starts later this month, already loomed as a tough trip given the passions of South African fans and the history of trouble Aust- ralia has experienced there before.

But the racism probe that is set to start in Australia might prompt a wave of new abuse towards Ricky Ponting and his players.

Veteran Australian players Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne all expected to be given a tough time from South African fans, but the trio was hopeful the racism would stop with the investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and not flow over the Indian Ocean.

The ICC has launched an investigation into racism among Australian crowds.

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