Westlawn bowler John Blanch sends down a cutter in the match against Tucabia White at Ulmarra on Saturday.
Westlawn bowler John Blanch sends down a cutter in the match against Tucabia White at Ulmarra on Saturday.

Blanch turns Tucabia white

IN CRICKET’S battle of willow and leather, some bowlers rely on pace or swing to achieve their objectives. Spin bowlers rely on flight, bounce and turn – allied with ample guile – to outfox batsmen.

Westlawn’s John Blanch is not the norm – far from it. His left-arm cutters have been bamboozling batsmen all season and on Saturday against Tucabia White Blanch once again weaved his magic, snaring 5-53.

Thanks to Blanch’s efforts Tucabia were bowled out for dismal 99 with Westlawn 2-44 at the close of play.

Blanch, who has surpassed 50 wickets for the season bowled unchanged on a wicket which, according to Tucabia captain Chris Adamson, was bowler friendly.

“Losing the toss was not a good start to the day, the wicket was a bit damp which made batting difficult,” Adamson said.

“John (Blanch) certainly bowled well ... the wicket suited him and he utilised the conditions perfectly.”

Adamson confirmed facing Blanch and Rohan Hackett (3-23) on a dodgy wicket was not an easy task but described his sides’ batting performance as ill-disciplined.

“We played too many erratic shots which didn’t help our cause,” he said.

Westlawn have their noses slightly ahead and with Daniel Amos (8 not out) and Brad Inmon (12 not out) still at the crease they should be able to push for first innings points.

“Brad hit a couple of sixes and didn’t appear to see any demons in the pitch. The wicket was still hard to bat on for them but if the weather is fine next week the wicket could suit the batsmen,” Adamson said.

“We were a bit unlucky in the field with the ball falling short of fieldsmen; they could have been five down ... we didn’t have much luck.

“Our concern is if we lose and Tucabia Blue get first innings points against Easts we may have an early season rest. We need to pull something out of the bag next week.”



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