Westlawn?s batting blues

By TONY WHITE

WESTLAWN Crown Hotel's batting vulnerability this season was again exposed when South Services bundled the premiers out for 151 at McKittrick Park on Saturday.

Had it not been for a brave 39 not out by middle order batsman Daniel Purser, Westlawn's fate could have been far worse.

After winning the toss Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch elected to bat, but it wasn't long before South opening bowler Jason Thompson snared the prize wick- et of Andrew Firth for just 7.

Fifteen runs later new South Services recruit Stuart Jonker chimed in when he had Daniel Amos caught and bowled for 11.

South's bowlers were clearly on top and after labouring to 51, Westlawn lost its next wicket when Brad Inmon was caught by Matt Kroehnert off the bowling of Thompson for 28.

Inmon previously gave two chances, but fortunately for South they got him reasonably cheaply.

Westlawn weren't surrendering without a fight and wickets were hard to come by.

Stuart Wilson grafted 27 runs before falling to Page and Purser's stubborn resistance at least held up one end.

However, disaster was to strike late for Westlawn.

Ken Wilson, stepping in to fill the breach of absent first graders, was tragically run out for 1 when Thompson found him short of his ground and Chevalley was left floundering and also run out for 8.

After Rohan Hackett was bowled for 4 by much-improved spinner Kroehnert, Westlawn's meek surrender was complete.

While a couple of chances went astray, South's fielding was first class. Zac Page was the leading wicket taker with 3-24 from 10 overs.

South have one of the most balanced attacks in the Premier League and the young team has matured this year without stalwart John Frame, the backbone of the side for nearly three decades.

Frame, now playing third grade, scored an unbeaten 202 off just 32 overs against Westlawn on Saturday.

South weathered a fiery and quick spell by Hackett to be 1-33 at the close of play.



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