Harwood has Westlawn wobbling
ANOTHER dismal batting display by Westlawn Jacaranda Hotel reared its ugly head against Harwood Hilton on Saturday, resulting in a comprehensive win by the reigning premier.
Chasing Harwood's first inning's total of 7-332, the Westlawn batting line-up was made to look second rate as the team lost 17 wickets in the day's play.
Westlawn's brittle batting display this season must be a concern for captain Daniel Amos and his men, although young Simon Wilson showed some fighting spirit with a gritty half-century.
After being dismissed for just 121 in its first innings, things only got worse for last season's grand finalist, as it plummeted to be 7-71 at the close of play.
Earlier in the week questions were raised concerning Harwood skipper Tim McMahon's decision to bat out the overs on day one.
A decision that now looks to be the correct one.
"I think I made the correct decision to bat right through the day," McMahon said after the match. "Our first priority was to play it safe and then try to win the game."
Once again Westlawn's big guns failed to fire, as the Harwood bowlers cashed in on some ordinary batting.
Apart from Wilson and Tony Blanch (25 not out), the batting scorecard left a lot to be desired.
Amos's contribution yielded just eight runs, while middle-order batsman Brad Inmon bagged a pair.
"I thought young Wilson was impressive with the bat, scoring 30 in the first innings and a 50 in his second dig," McMahon said.
"Our young guys bowled really well and we took most of our catches. Luke Harradine got four wickets in the second innings and moved the ball around a fair bit."
Harwood's emerging bowling attack of Richie Tabor, Ben McMahon and Nathan Essex all contributed with the ball, with Harradine taking 4-26 in Westlawn's second innings.
Westlawn has a chance to iron out its batting woes next week against Easts, who are also struggling with the bat.