Hackett chops through South
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON High's 'Westlawn connection' spearheaded an emphatic win over South Grafton High in Wednesday night's Daily Examiner Schoolboy Cricket Shield final at McKittrick Park.
Westlawn Premier League players, Brendan 'BJ' Purser, 16, Rohan Hackett, 17, and Bryce Speechley, 16, starred in the school's defence of the annual DEX Shield.
In dark and gloomy conditions on a wicket offering plenty to the bowlers, Grafton opened the 40-over a side match scoring a hard earned 105.
'BJ' top scored with 34 after opening and was ably supported by middle order batsman Justin Keats with 31 who was quick to pounce on anything short.
Keats' last wicket stand of 25 with Tim White (4no) proved invaluable.
Hackett, nicknamed 'Chop' then ripped into the South batsman with a devastating spell that netted him 6-11 from just six overs.
The left-arm paceman was all but unplayable with his pace and bounce.
His wicket haul was the ideal confidence booster heading into tonight's scheduled Daily Examiner Shield final clash between Westlawn and Tucabia-Copmanhurst at McKittrick.
Medium pacer Speechley gave great support taking 2-20.
South were routed for 50 with only Tucabia Premier League player Aaron Amos (10) reaching double figures, Hackett waging a one man demolition job.
There is a tremendous depth of talent in the schoolboy ranks indicated by the high standard of play throughout the annual competition.
While the scores were low in the final, the pitch was like a minefield making runs extremely hard to accumulate and the gloomy conditions later in the evening made it doubly difficult for South High batsman to come to terms with.
BJ's innings was a gem and only halted when trapped in front by South High's Adam Mills.
South High opening bowler Steve Lutton, a fine prospect, ripped through the Grafton middle order snaring 3-21.
At the post match presentation just before rain pelted down, Hackett was named Man Of The Match and Purser won Man Of The Series.