Spin bowler John Blanch destroyed Tucabia Blue, taking 8/17.
Spin bowler John Blanch destroyed Tucabia Blue, taking 8/17.

Bowler's eight puts bats in a spin

JOHN Blanch’s team-mates have no idea what he bowls, so what chance do opposition batsman have?

The unconventional spin bowler produced a devastating spell of 8-17 to propel his side to a convincing win over Tucabia Blue in their limited overs clash at McKittrick Park on Saturday.

“He bowls off a fairly long run-up and turns the ball a mile,” a bemused Westlawn captain Brendan Purser said.

“It’s hard to say what he bowls but John describes his deliveries as ‘tweakers’.”

The match was reduced to 31 overs after several rain delays and lightning, with Westlawn finishing at 8-142.

The McKittrick Park wicket continues to cause problems for batting sides and in recent weeks has produced plenty of assistance to spin bowlers.

Blanch’s prodigious turn off the deck made the Tucabia Blue batsmen look like they were batting on a minefield and they were eventually bundled out for 99, with Nathan Dougherty (20) and Brad Lloyd (29) the only two batsman to show any resistance.

Tucabia Blue captain Greg Mears said it was a game they should have won.

“I thought we turned the corner last week,” Mears said. “At 4-75 chasing 142, we probably should have got the runs ... we needed something like 70 runs with 12 overs remaining but we started to panic.

“We were confident in getting the runs but losing Matt Kroehnert when we were cruising at 2-57 didn’t help.”

Mears said the wicket turned a bit, which suited Blanch’s Derek Underwood-style bowling.

“John got plenty of turn, he bowls medium pace off-spin and lobs the ball up a bit. You obviously bowl well when you take 8-17,” he said

Luke Chard (30) and Daniel Amos (36) starred with the bat for Westlawn, while Nick Whitton with 3 -33 and Greg Mears 2-19 were Tucabia’s most successful bowlers.



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