Westlawn’s John Blanch bowls to a Brothers’ batsman during the first grade game between Westlawn and Brothers at Ulmarra on Saturday afternoon.
Westlawn’s John Blanch bowls to a Brothers’ batsman during the first grade game between Westlawn and Brothers at Ulmarra on Saturday afternoon. JoJo Newby

Firth's return fails to go to plan

FOR Westlawn batsman Dan Firth, his first game back after early retirement didn't quite go to plan.

After winning the toss against Brothers at Ulmarra Showground on Saturday, Firth was hoping his strike weapons would take advantage of a bowler-friendly wicket.

But according to the former North Coast representative opening batsman, his bowlers need a quick lesson on how to bowl line and length.

Led superbly by their captain Mick Summers (67), Brothers reached 4-148 before rain ended play.

"We won the toss and sent them (Brothers) in. It was a very dodgy wicket and we should have bowled them out for under a hundred," Firth said.

"Our bowlers forgot how to bowl line and length and bowled far too short all afternoon."

Firth added his team's efforts in the field were not much better than its bowling, as players grassed too many chances at crucial stages.

"I think we dropped young Mitchell Johnson about four or five times and kept letting them off the hook," he said.

"Our fielding was very ordinary and simply just not up to scratch."

Like most games in the Valley, rain and strong winds put paid to any chance of players seeing the game out until stumps.

"It was about two overs after tea when the storm hit," Firth said.

"It was absolutely bucketing down and the wind was so strong it blew the covers off.

"The winds must have been close to 100kmh."

Firth said although his first game back was not ideal from a team perspective, he relished the opportunity to be out on the field playing with his mates.

"It was fantastic to be back playing the game. I certainly missed it," he said.

"It was also nice having the chance to have a talk to the opposition batsmen, have a quiet chat in their ear."

Brothers will be hoping to extend their total next week, with opening batsman Johnson to resume on 40 not out.



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