Jason Rainbow celebrates the dismissal of Jarrad Lynch.
Jason Rainbow celebrates the dismissal of Jarrad Lynch.

Four teams eyeing grand final

THE Monday night cricket competition is heating up with four sides still in the running to take out the title.

Brothers, Coutts Crossing, Westlawn and Harwood are all vying for a spot in the final series which involves an elimination final and grand final.

Brothers’ victory over Westlawn on Monday night propelled them to outright leaders, two points ahead of Coutts and Westlawn, who will be sweating on the result between Coutts and Harwood next Monday night.

It will be a crucial game for both sides.

A Coutts victory will place them on equal points with Brothers which will ensure them of a finals berth.

For Harwood it is not that straight forward. A loss will see them bow out of the competition but win and they join Westlawn and Coutts on 18 points.

It will all come down to net run rates to see which team advances.

The return of Brothers’ Brad Robertson on Monday night against Westlawn was a timely reminder that the all-rounder is capable of turning a game in the blink of an eye.

Robertson missed out with the bat but more than made up for it with the ball taking an astonishing 4-9 off four overs.

Having Robertson back from representative duty brought a smile to the face of Brothers captain Mick Summers, who says he is confident his side can go all the way.

“It’s handy to have Robbo back for us, he bowled really well on Monday and showed good pace. He troubles the batsmen with his movement off the deck,” Summers said.

“If we do make the grand final I’m not too concerned with who we might play. We are playing good cricket a t the moment and I’m pretty confident.”

Westlawn were missing key players on Monday night including strike bowler Matt Lobsey and their captain Brendan Purser but still had enough fire-power to make more of a game of it.

Brothers batted their full 30 overs and reached 7-140 thanks to a patient knock of 62 by their opener Sam Jackson.

Andrew Lancaster (20) and Mick Summers (25) also made solid contributions. It was a sorry-looking scoreboard for Westlawn, with only three batsmen reaching double-figures. Apart from Robertson’s four wicket haul, Brett Paxton took 3-24.

Westlawn’s explosive opening bowler Rohan Hackett has been selected in the NSW Under-21 Country side to play a high-performance team in Blacktown in early February.

Hackett was part of the North Coast Under 21 side that competed in the Country Championships at Maitland last week. North Coast reached the final but went down to Newcastle by four wickets.

Monday Night Cricket Ladder

1 – Brothers 20

2 – Coutts Crossing 18

3 – Westlawn 18

4 – Tucabia Copmanhurst 16

5 – Harwood 16

6 – Easts 16

7 – Tucabia 14

8 – South Services 12

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