FORMER Westlawn captain Andrew Firth had the last laugh over his former teammates on Monday with his Coffs Harbour Colts progressing to the Wykes Tyrepower night cricket competition final.
Firth made 61 not out and was part of an unbeaten 110-run partnership with Daryl Parmenter (51no) as the Colts beat Westlawn with an over to spare at McKittrick Park.
Coffs were in dire straits early in the match, but a strong turn around with the ball coupled with Firth and Parmenter's magnificent knock, guaranteed the club a spot in Friday night's final.
Westlawn won the toss and elected to bat, with the decision bearing fruit as openers Brendan Purser (28) and Brad Inmon (40) dominated the Coffs' attack.
The loss of Purser seemed to have no effect on the scoring rate as Inmon and Robbie Kean (17) shared a vital 41-run partnership.
Inmon and Kean were both back in the stands within 20 runs of one another, but at 3/101, and with overs to spare, Westlawn were firmly in the driver's seat.
Firth took the opportunity of a drinks break to gather his miss-firing troops and re-evaluate their plan of attack.
“We got together and discussed different field placings and bowling better lines,” Firth said.
The mid-innings change of tactics had the desired effect, with Westlawn losing their last four wickets for 36 and Parmenter (2/9) showing his versatility with the ball. Westlawn finished at 7/137.
Coffs' chase began disastrously with opener Matt Rose scoring two runs before he was sent back to the stands by Matt Lobsey (1/15).
Parmenter joined Robbie Weir at the crease and together they began the process of rebuilding the innings, but disaster struck again with Weir trudging back to the stands with the score at 2/28.
Weir's wicket brought Firth to the middle, with his former teammates circling the wounded Colts, smelling blood in the water and waiting for the right moment to move in for the kill.
But that moment never came as Firth, the Coffs Colt captain, and Parmenter played sensible cricket, picking up singles and blasting the odd bad ball away to the boundary to guide their side to a well-deserved victory.
“The last 10 overs in both innings let us down,” Westlawn captain Purser said.
“I'm disappointed because with a lead of 138 we should have been red hot favourites.
“We just didn't perform.”
Tucabia-Copmanhurst and Brothers clashed in the remaining semi-final last night.