Purser stars in night cricket

THE McKittrick Park lights beamed down on a cricket match for the first time this year as Westlawn survived a close shave against Coutts Crossing in the Wykes Tyrepower night competition.

Defending night competition winners Westlawn endured a nail-biting finish as Coutts battled bravely against the Premier League hardened squad on Monday.

Westlawn exploded out of the blocks with Brendan Purser (37), Jason Chevalley (14) and Shaun Ulrick (33) pushing their side's score to 4/105.

However, Coutts refused to lie down, with Israel Simpson (3/27) and Brad Chard (3/16) crashing through Westlawn's lower order, their final six wickets falling for 24 runs.

“The game was pretty competitive ... the new outfield made scoring boundaries hard,” Westlawn captain Brendan Purser said.

“We played well as a unit and kept it tight.”

Coutts openers Nick Wood (10) and Lewis Chevalley (16) started brightly chasing 130 for victory, but Simpson (0) and Troy Henwood (4) could not capitalise on the positive start.

Ken Willis (57) tried his hardest to pull the game back to his side's advantage, but the Coutts captain ran out of partners and overs.

Purser (3/17), Chevalley, (2/13) and Nathan Blanch (2/11) were the chief destroyers as Coutts finished 8/118 of their allotted overs.

Willis said his team had played well and vowed to be back next year.

“We just ran out of overs,” he said.

“We always enjoy playing the night competition and now our young blokes have a taste for it.”

Purser showed his versatility with both bat and ball to snare man of the match honours.



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