Bad light saves Westlawn
WESTLAWN was lucky to get out of jail against Brothers at Ulmarra Oval on Saturday, thanks to the weather and a controversial rule.
Set 235 for victory, Westlawn was heading for certain defeat at 9-69 before the umpires halted play because of bad light late in the day.
It was a devastating blow for Brothers captain Mick Summers, after his bowlers gained the upper hand against a brittle Westlawn batting line-up.
But all the discussion after the match was the rule enforced concerning junior players, who can bowl only a six-over spell before being taken out of the attack.
Brothers' Jake Kroehnert ripped through the Westlawn middle-order, taking an astonishing 4-5 off six overs before his captain Mick Summers replaced him at the southern end.
"Jake was bowling beautifully but because he is under 16 I had no choice but to take him off," a disappointed Summers said after the match.
"He can only bowl six overs straight because of the restrictions. If he was allowed to keep bowling we probably would have won the game.
"In the end we ended up with points for the draw, some bonus points but no winning points. It was very frustrating."
Westlawn's batting woes appear to have continued from last season, with only skipper Daniel Amos showing any resistance with the bat.
Amos (30) was the only Westlawn batsman to reach double-figures and showed glimpses of the brilliance that gained him the reputation as one of the best batsmen in the Clarence over the years.
"It wasn't the easiest wicket to bat on. The ball was doing a bit but in saying that our guys didn't apply themselves," Amos said.
"They (Brothers) bowled well and didn't give us much to hit.
"Personally I was seeing the ball all right but fell to a good ball by young Jake Bagnall."
Westlawn takes on last year's premier Harwood at Harwood, which will be a huge test against a team renowned for not giving an inch.