Dropped catch may mean lost match
A DROPPED catch on the boundary late in the day may prove to be a costly error for Westlawn.
To make matters worse, the batsman involved in the missed opportunity was none other than Tucabia Blue captain Matt Kroehenrt
“We dropped Matt in the second last over of the day,” evergreen Westlawn spin bowler Tony Blanch said yesterday.
“It was off my bowling. Matt skied the ball to Jason Chevalley on the boundary and unfortunately Jason put it down... it could have turned the game in our favour.”
Sent in to bat on a juicy Ulmarra wicket, Westlawn were bundled out for 170 with Tucabia Blue finishing the day at 2-69.
Admitting Tucabia was slightly ahead in the match, Blanch said losing the toss in such a crucial game was not an ideal start.
“The Ulmarra wicket had moisture dispersing from it which made batting difficult,” he said. “We lost early wickets and were in trouble until Brad Inmon came to the crease. It was a blazing innings from Brad... he hit a six from his first scoring shot. “Simon Wilson played an important role down the order and held the innings together.”
Inmon smashed 40 runs at almost a run-a-ball and Wilson’s rearguard effort netted him 27.
Tucabia’s Josh Gorman continues to impress this season and once again was the main destroyer taking 5-35.
Gorman took full advantage of the conditions getting the ball to move both ways of the deck and a times managing to beat the batsmen all ends up. Blanch was full of praise for the right-arm opening bowler. “Josh bowled a nagging length and with the track doing a bit he bowled to the conditions and reaped the rewards,” he said
Tucabia appear to be in the box seat with eight wickets in hand but more importantly Kroehnert is still at the crease on 35 not out.
Westlawn need to pick up early wickets next week which they are capable of doing. In their favour is the phenomenal form of leading wicket-taker John Blanch who already has the figures of 2-17. Blanch removed both Tucabia Blue openers in the final session of the day. “Obviously if we can get rid of Matt (Kroehnert) in the first hour of play we are still in with a chance; if not it could be curtains for us,” a realistic Tony Blanch said.