Outright points or nothing, says skipper
CRCA CRICKET: It will be outright points or nothing for the Westlawn Premier League cricket team when it resumes its match against GI Tucabia Copmanhurst at McKittrick Park today.
After an afternoon of carnage last week when 18 wickets fell for 132 runs, Tucabia has secured first-innings points.
But at 8-72 they have a narrow lead and two quick wickets would make an outright result a near-certainty.
Westlawn captain Jason Rainbow promised his team would be playing for the outright win, which would catapult his side into second spot as the semi-finals approach.
"They've got Chris Adamson coming back and we know he's capable of doing a bit of damage with the bat," Rainbow said.
"Chardy can also swing the willow and Deryck Woods is a steady sort of bat."
He said the key for his team would be surviving the new ball onslaught from Brad Chard, who exploited last week's tricky conditions to perfection with a seven-wicket haul.
"We know Chris Adamson is one of the most experienced and wily bowlers going around."
Rainbow said the aim would be to set a total and then attack with his own talented group of seamers.
"You can't take it away from Chardy but he did enjoy the best of the conditions," Rainbow said.
"The wicket had certainly improved by the time they batted, so to have them 8-72 at the end of the day was actually a super performance from our guys."
Rainbow said the dry weather through the week should mean the wicket will have fewer demons today.
"I said last week with the bowling attacks with names like Brad Chard, Chris Adamson, Rohan Hackett and Nathan Blanch an outright result was a real possibility," he said.
"What happened last week confirmed that, even though conditions should be easier this week.
"We like to play aggressive cricket and get a total then see what we can do later in the afternoon.
"Playing for a draw doesn't suit us, so we will be going for the outright result from the start."