Night cricket set for thrilling showdown
WESTLAWN are the masters of the great escape.
Each week they find themselves in losing positions but somehow manage to come up trumps.
Their game against Brothers tonight promises to be an epic battle with the Brethren going into the final as slight favourites – although as we all know this means nothing come the first delivery.
Against Coutts last Monday night Westlawn were done and dusted but, as they have done all season, dug deep to pull-off a remarkable victory.
Brothers captain Mick Summers said he is aware of Westlawn’s fighting spirit and added his side will need to concentrate and stay on top for the entire game.
“They have plenty of depth in their batting... they bat right down the order. We have to make sure we give them nothing and stay on top, don’t give them any chances to get into the game,” Summers said.
Westlawn have named a similar side which played Coutts in the elimination final, with one exception.
Their bowling ranks will be boosted with the return of tearaway paceman Rohan Hackett who has been on representative duties with the Country Under-21 side in Sydney.
Jason Chevalley, who was one of Westlawn’s better performers against Coutts, is the player to drop out.
Westlawn’s strength is their batting, led by captain Brendan Purser and the laidback Jason Rainbow
Purser and Rainbow are expected to opening the batting and are a perfect mix to upset a Brothers attack lacking in experience.
Purser’s batting is straight out of the textbook.
Combine that with Rainbow’s ability to tear most bowling attacks apart and you have a lethal combination.
Brad Inmon, better known for his flamboyant nature at the crease, proved against Coutts he can also bat responsibly when required after guiding his side to a win in the elimination final with a patient knock.
Throw in Rohan Hackett and big-hitting Luke Chard and you have a side capable of posting a formidable score.
The big wicket for Westlawn will be Summers, who has been in devastating form at late.
A 97 against Harwood and a couple of half-centuries have the quietly spoken number four primed for a big night.
Sam Jackson proved to be a major obstacle last time the two sides met as he scored a patient 62 to set up a Brothers victory.
Brothers have one ingredient Westlawn are lacking - a class all-rounder.
Brad Robertson has the ability to turn a game with either bat or ball and effectively gives his side an extra player.
Fielding and a possible damp outfield could be the decisive factor on the night.
Teams have been guilty of grassing too many catches in the past, maybe it’s the novelty of playing under lights.
Grand final Teams
1.B Purser 2.J Rainbow 3.B Inmon 4.R Hackett 5.L Chard 6.S Wilson 7.M Lobsey 8. K Robertson. 9.P Vidler 10.R Bender 11 N Blanch 12.
1.J Lynch 2. S Jackson 3. A Lancaster 4. M Summers 5. B Robertson 6. T McLaren 7. A Dewberry 8. J Kroehnert 9. P McNamara 10. R Lynch 11. J Bagnall 12. B Paxton.