Memories of loses stir Westlawn
WESTLAWN batsman Daniel ‘Charlie’ Amos knows what it takes to win a grand final. He’s been there before - eight times to be exact.
The Westlawn veteran and top-order batsman has a simple message for his team-mates: ‘Don’t get too caught up in the emotion.’
“You need to stay focused but also relaxed, after all it’s just a game of cricket,” he says.
“I try and not get caught up in the situation and try and leave the emotion out of it.”
Amos scored a match-winning 195 not out against Tucabia in the 2002/03 grand final which is now part of Clarence River cricketing folklore.
Chasing 306 for victory the plucky left-hander played one of the greatest innings ever witnessed in the Clarence to steer Westlawn to an unlikely victory.
Suffering severe cramps Amos single-handily tore the Tucabia bowlers apart and was chaired off the ground by his teammates
Westlawn spin bowler and then-captain Tony Blanch remembers the moment like it was yesterday.
“It was an unbelievable innings - one of the best I’ve seen,” Blanch says.
“Batting second and chasing a huge total is not that easy, the Tucabia players thought the win was in the bag...you could hear the champagne corks popping.
“I was out there with Charlie batting and he didn’t even see me at the other end...he was so focused and in the zone.
“He went down three or four times with cramps...he was definitely spent.”
After his epic knock Amos says he was even too tired to celebrate with his teammates.
“I was exhausted...I think I batted for about seven hours. I had a couple of beers and went home to bed,” he says.
Winning the toss is important in cricket games especially if the wicket is flat which favours the batsmen but Amos says it doesn’t concern him if Westlawn bat or field first.
“It doesn’t worry me if we bat first or second. The team that takes their catches and fields will will go along way to winning the game,” Amos says.
There has been a lot of talk during the week about potential match-winners from both sides with no mention of Amos.
Brothers beware: Amos is a proven big-time player and could well be the difference between the two sides on the weekend.
Westlawn players will be hoping for a repeat of 2002/03 - cramps and all.