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Blanch leads Westlawn to outright

THE DESTROYER: Nathan Blanch on his way to taking 7 for 58 for Westlawn against GDSC Easts in CRCA Premier League at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
THE DESTROYER: Nathan Blanch on his way to taking 7 for 58 for Westlawn against GDSC Easts in CRCA Premier League at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

AFTER just two rounds Nathan Blanch is more than one third of the way to the 53 wickets he took to win the 2013/14 CRCA Premier League Best Bowler trophy.

The Westlawn strike bowler took 7 for 58 as he bowled unchanged for 16.1 overs against GDSC Easts at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

Added to his first innings haul of 6 for 44 off 15 overs, Blanch finished with match figures of 13 for 102 off 31.1 overs, including seven maidens.

"I'm almost halfway there to last year's total, it's a big shock," Blanch said.

"It's a good start, but we haven't really played the top sides, when it's harder to get wickets. A lot of the time I've just had to pitch the ball up and they get themselves out really."

Westlawn declared on its overnight total of 7 for 160 with a lead of 44. Rhys Nelson (47) and Shannon Connor (34) provided resistance at the top of the order before Blanch tore through the batting lineup once again.

In response, Westlawn secured outright victory five wickets down thanks to Ryan Cotten (33) and consolidated its spot at the top of the table.

"Our bowling has been going well and we're keeping teams to small totals, thankfully," Blanch said.

"It would be good to see our batting improve. We can't rely on one bloke with the bat. We definitely need to be scoring more runs."

LEADERBOARD

Leading wicket-takers CRCA Premier League 2014/15

20: Nathan Blanch (Westlawn)

9: Bradley Chard (Tucabia)

7: Joey Pigg (Tucabia)

6: Brendan Cleaver (Souths), Shannon Connor (Easts)

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