Partnership sets up big win
A 94-RUN partnership between Matt Blanch and Bob McKenzie has helped Tucabia-Copmanhurst White cricket club dismantle Premier League rival Westlawn at Ellem Oval last weekend.
The victory is the third in a row for last year's grand finalists and leaves the club in the perfect position to make a final charge for the minor premiership.
Tucabia White opener Ray Barnett (31) started in imperious form, but fellow opener Matt Pigg (9) had to watch proceedings from the clubhouse after losing his wicket early in the innings.
Barnett made way for the Blanch (51) and McKenzie (67) show 21 runs later and the two Tucabia White batsmen took to the Westlawn attack with merciless determination.
“Our runs were scored mainly on the back of Bob and Matt ... they were striking the ball so clean,” Tucabia White captain Matt Pigg said.
“We'd only lost two wickets by the first drinks break so that gave us the platform to carry on with it.”
Tony Blanch (4/51) claimed both McKenzie and Blanch, but the damage had been done with the latter departing with the score at 4/173.
Chris Adamson (14) and Rodney Mitchell (17no) chimed in with handy late innings' runs and Tucabia White finished its 40 overs at 6/206.
Westlawn lost opener Shaun Ulrick (0) in reply, but a 40-run partnership between Brendan Purser (23) and Daniel Amos (23) relieved some of the pressure.
Brad Inmon continued the charge (31) but from the remaining seven wickets, only Simon Wilson (11) was able to push his score into double figures, preventing the charge from becoming an onslaught.
Adamson (4/33) was once again in fine form with the ball, tormenting the Westlawn batters, who failed to handle the burden of chasing down a big score.
Westlawn were eventually all out for 116 runs with the loss adding a dent to the clubs finals hope.
“It was a pretty critical toss to lose ... the wicket really slowed down late in the game,” Westlawn captain Brendan Purser said.
“We fell behind early and needed something really special to win.”