Peterson writes himself into Clarence cricket folklore

Matt Peterson took career-best figures of 8-19 against Westlawn on Saturday at Ulmarra Showground. Photo: Adam Hourigan
Matt Peterson took career-best figures of 8-19 against Westlawn on Saturday at Ulmarra Showground. Photo: Adam Hourigan

SOUTHS Services bowler Matthew Peterson wrote himself into Clarence Valley cricket folklore by claiming an incredible 8-19 in the win against MI Organics Westlawn on Saturday.

The opening bowler ripped through the Westlawn line-up to lay the foundation for what was a dominant first-innings display.

Peterson claimed the prized scalp of star batsman Daniel Amos to ignite the demolition job at Ulmarra Showground.

He then tore through the rest of the batting line-up, claiming another seven wickets to register the best bowling figures of the season.

Despite his heroics a humble Peterson said his performance was just like any other weekend but with extra luck.

"The wicket had a bit in it and the ball seamed around a bit," he said.

Peterson said his teammates had also played a role in his stunning success.

"It always helps when the fielders take their catches as well but it was just like any other weekend to me," he said.

"The pitch had quite a bit in it for me to work with.

"I don't bowl overly fast but I try to keep it in a good area."

The 10-year veteran smashed his previous best figures (6-60) as he helped skittle Westlawn for just 73.

Souths captain Tom Kroehnert blasted a half century in the run chase as his team passed the total in just 16 overs.

With the match reduced to a single day's play (played under two-day rules) after last week was washed out and first-innings points sealed, Kroehnert opted to chase the outright win.

"I declared as soon as we passed their total so we could get more bonus points," he said.

"We only took one wicket in their second innings so we didn't get as many points as we needed."

As Souths only have one match before the finals series, they'll be hoping for a repeat display from Peterson when they face Coutts next week.

Westlawn were in trouble from the start on Saturday, losing Dan Amos and Jason Chevally to be reeling at 2-12.

Luke McLachlan and Christian Buggy attempted to settle the ship but McLachlan's dismissal triggered a collapse that saw them lose 7-6.

Returning Westlawn captain Jason Chevally said it was a disappointing display.

"We didn't play well at all," Chevally said. "Not taking away from their bowling but we were pretty poor."

A 42-run partnership between Greg Cole and Darren Chevally added a degree respectability to the score but the damage had already been done.



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