YOUNG GUN: Promising young Westlawn batsman Brendan Purser will open the batting for the premiers against Harwood this afternoo
YOUNG GUN: Promising young Westlawn batsman Brendan Purser will open the batting for the premiers against Harwood this afternoo

Premiers below par

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

PREMIERS Westlawn Crown Hotel will be without star opening batsman Daniel Amos when its match resumes against Harwood Hilton in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League at McKittrick Oval today.

"Daniel's grandfather passed away on the Central Coast and he'll be missing tomorrow," Westlawn captain Tony Blanch said yesterday. "On behalf of the Westlawn Club we wish Daniel and the family well."

Ken Wilson will be brought in to replace Amos.

However, Blanch was unsure last night who would open the team's innings.

"It will probably be 'BJ' (Purser) and we'll have a chat in the morning to work out the other opener," Blanch said. "BJ was initially going to bat five or six this season, but things have happened."

Harwood set a reasonable total last weekend, all out for 201, Geoff Simmons top scoring with a solid 90.

"It's a gettable total," Blanch said. "But the first hour will be crucial.

"It's really important we see off the new ball and get some partnerships happening. They will be crucial.

"In previous years we've had good starts only to lose some quick wickets and put pressure on the lower order."

Blanch said Harwood were meeting Westlawn 'at our most vulnerable' but suggested the result of this match was vitally important.

"Considering their stronger batting line up this season, I thought we did well to hold them to 200 in the first innings," Blanch said. "We're capable of getting the runs."

Harwood have a strong bowling line up and without being deadly, most of their medium pacers have the ability to move the ball around and cause problems.



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