Demon quick terrorises Easts
WESTLAWN may have slipped to outright second position on the ladder but the form reversal of firebrand opening bowler Rohan Hackett couldn’t have come at a better time.
Hackett, who hurls the ball down at speeds of more than 130km/h, snared 5-30 against Easts at Ellem Oval and in doing so picked up his first five-wicket haul for the season.
The left-armer quickly removed Easts’ top-order with raw pace and intimidating bowling on a wicket full of juice, before John Blanch and Tony Blanch mopped up the tail.
Resuming at 1-3, still 186 behind Westlawn’s first innings total, Easts were bundled out for a paltry 87.
In their second dig Easts again failed to show any resistance and at stumps were 4-17. John Blanch continued his amazing form this season with the ball taking 3-7. A dispirited Easts captain Doug Harris said Westlawn took full advantage of the overcast conditions.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favours but Westlawn used the conditions perfectly on a bowler-friendly pitch,” Harris said.
“Rohan was on song as was Johnny Blanch. I was happy with the way are lower order showed some fight. Chris Pierce, Dane James and Damien Cameron all batted well.”
Easts have an opportunity to finish the season on a positive note against Tucabia Blue while the Westlawn-Tucabia White clash at Ulmarra could well determine final four placings.