Premier plummets to another defeat
By TIM HOWARD
REIGNING premiers Crown Hotel Westlawn shattered against the GI Tucabia Copmanhurst rock in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League cricket match at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
Resuming at 6-90 and needing another 53 for a much-needed win, Westlawn lost its final four wickets for 23.
Batting a second time, Tucabia's No.3 Matt Blanch put the bowlers to the sword with a classical 108, featuring spectacular cover driving as Tucabia piled on 5-250 before rain ended the game.
Despite Blanch's batting heroics, the Tucabia team owe their win to some brilliant bowling from first change bowler Trent Dickson, who took 5-23 from 13 overs.
New recruit Aaron Amos, who transferred to Westlawn from Coutts Crossing this season, opened the bowling to snare 4-23 from 18.3 overs.
Dickson began Westlawn's nightmare late last week when he devastated the innings with three wickets just before stumps.
This week he maintained the momentum dismissing the dangerous Brad Inmon lbw for 6 and bowling Rohan Hackett for a duck.
Amos was just as effective cleaning up noted big-match performer Jason Chevalley for 3 veteran Bob McCredie for 5.
Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch was disappointed with his team's batting effort.
"The only batsman who can hold his head high if young Brendan, BJ Purser who was brilliant with his 35 opening the batting," Blanch said.
All rounder Andrew Firth also figured prominently on the scorecard, despite scoring only five.
He picked up the wickets of both Tucabia opening batsmen Greg Watkins and Brad Lloyd to add to the seven wickets he took in the first innings.
The job doesn't get any easier for the premiers next week, when they tackle last season's grand final opponent South, which they must beat to get their season back on track.