Brothers batsmen unable to Hackett
WESTLAWN tear-away opening bowler Rohan Hackett produced a fiery spell to help skittle Brothers for a meagre 124 at Ulmarra on Saturday.
Hackett bowled with plenty of heat as he ripped through the opposition's middle-order, taking 7-56 in an inspired spell of fast bowling.
In reply, Westlawn were struggling at 7-91 at the close of play on day one.
After winning the toss, Brothers captain Mick Summers had no hesitation in batting first.
But against a fired-up Hackett and on a pitch that gave the bowlers plenty of assistance, Brothers were reeling at 2-5 before Andrew Lancaster (29) and Summers (49) put a stop to the early carnage.
“It looked like a good pitch to bat on but it must have had a bit of moisture in it,” Summers said.
“It should have suited the batsmen but when John Blanch bowled the first ball of the day and turned the ball about a metre I knew batting would be difficult.”
Summers admitted he was disappointed with the wicket but was quick to add Hackett's spell of bowling, particularly to the tailenders, was first class.
“It was very good bowling by Rohan, our tail struggled to combat his pace,” he said.
“The conditions made it difficult to play your shots and I suppose some of our batting was poor.”
With their finals hopes on the line, Brothers will be desperate for early wickets when play resumes on Saturday as they chase crucial first innings points.
Standing in their way is Hackett, who resumes his innings on 13 with the other not-out batsman Tony Blanch (4).
Hackett, who is a genuine all-rounder, is the main danger for Summers and his men and if he can receive solid support from the tail, Westlawn is a good chance of passing the Brothers total.
“The game's certainly on a knife's edge,” Summers said.
“Hackett will be the key wicket for us. If we get him out we should be able to wrap up the tail.”
Opening bowler Ryan Lynch was the best of the Brothers attack, finished with 3-50 including the prize scalp of Westlawn captain Daniel Amos.
For Brothers it's a must-win situation with fifth-placed Tucabia in a commanding position against Easts.