Pigg’s 10 wickets a career-best effort
TUCABIA-Copmanhurst veteran Matt Pigg could not recall having taken 10 wickets in a match prior to the weekend.
The 2013/14 Cricketer of the Year did just that on the weekend, pulling out one of the best bowling displays of his career in an important clash against Westlawn.
Pigg took 5 for 16 off 9.1 overs of off-spin in Westlawn's first innings of 71 and then 5 for 12 off 9.5 overs in the second innings total of 113 for match figures of 10 for 28 off 19 overs, including 10 maidens.
"I had a little bit of assistance in the grassy wicket but it was just one of those days when the batsmen made a few mistakes and I was the beneficiary," Pigg said.
Perhaps just as importantly in the context of the match was Pigg's effort with the bat. He shared a patient 63-run third-wicket partnership with opener Matt Blanch (40), who injured his hamstring early in the innings. "I faced 88 balls for my 28 runs," Pigg said.
"Blanchy couldn't run so they cut down the boundaries and tied us up a bit.
"The outfield was a bit slower than normal, so to go on and score 234 was pretty good I thought."
The second half of Tucabia's innings was highlighted by Brayden Pardoe's 64.
"He hit through the line and struck them well and before we knew it he was 50," Pigg said.
The two sides sat equal third before the round 12 clash, but Westlawn will find staying in touch with the top four difficult after being bowled out twice and jumped by Coutts Crossing, who claimed outright victory over GDSC Easts.