Five-wicket Blanch strikes

CRICKET: The spateof low scores continued at the weekend in the Premier League cricket competition, with bowlers taking the upper hand.

At McKittrick Park on Sunday the game between Westlawn and Brothers saw 20 wickets fall for a total 153 runs.

Westlawn ended up victorious in a game which failed to reach any great heights but had a nail-biting finish.

Batting first, Westlawn were bowled out for 81 with Jason Rainbow top-scoring with 25. Brendan Purser (10) and Matt Lobsey (12) were the other batsmen to reach double figures.

Brad Paxton with 4-25 and Brad Robertson 3-7 were the pick of the Brothers bowlers.

In reply, Brothers fell four runs short of victory on a wicket bearing no resemblance to a minefield.

“The wicket played pretty fair,” Brothers captain Brad Robertson said. “It was a better wicket then Saturday’s and the ball carried through to the keeper.

“We were cruising at 7-78 then we lost three quick wickets. We had the game in the bag but threw it away.”

Westlawn opening bowler Matt Lobsey ploughed through Brothers’ tissue-thin top order, taking 4-23 from seven overs.

John Blanch once again proved dangerous, picking up 5-12.The McKittrick Park wicket is proving to be a favourite hunting ground for Blanch, who at times appears to be unplayable.

Five of the Brothers’ wickets to fall were through LBW decisions, with only Seb Dalton (36) making a solid contribution with the bat.

Meanwhile at Ellem Oval Tucabia Blue made it two in a row at the weekend, disposing of South Services in emphatic style.

South limped to be 8-117 thanks to some rearguard action from Brendan Cleaver (24) and David Honeybrook (26).

Greg Mears (2-26) and Ethan Hourigan (2-19) did the damage for Tucabia with the ball. Mears has been in golden form with the ball recently but unfortunately for Tucabia he is undergoing shoulder surgery early next year.

It took Tucabia Blue just 19 overs to knock over South’s total, with Brett O’Connor smashing a quick-fire 55 not out and Matt Kroehnert remaining 32 not out.

Jason Thompson was the sole wicket-taker for South, removing Dan Cootes for 20.

An opening stand of 91 between Tom Cootes (50) and Matt Pigg (33) set up victory for Tucabia White against Easts at Ulmarra.

Easts captain Doug Harris won the toss and sent Tucabia in to bat, a decision he soon rued as Tucabia put on 91 for the first wicket.

Easts fought back to have Tucabia at 3-93 and must have thought they were in with a real chance of dismissing the opposition for a low score.

As he has done so many times in the past, Tucabia White captain Chris Adamson came to the rescue, belting 45 before being run out by Tim Whalan. Running between the wickets proved to be a concern for Tucabia, with three batsmen being left stranded as they reached 8-190.

Easts’ run chase got off to a steady start.

After both openers fell by the time the score reached 41, Harris (26) and Whalan (22) both looked in ominous form but neither batsmen went on with the job.

Aiden O’Brien chipped in with 28 in the middle order before he succumbed to a Matt Pigg delivery.

Pigg finished the day with 4-39, with Bob McKenzie the next best, taking 2-30 off nine overs.

The game between Harwood and Coutts crossing was abandoned due to rain.

The Premier League competition resumes on January 9.

We had the game in the bag but threw it away.



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