Westlawn Jacaranda Hotel opening batsman Jason Rainbow launches into a classic cover drive against G I Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
Westlawn Jacaranda Hotel opening batsman Jason Rainbow launches into a classic cover drive against G I Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst.

The night of the duck hunters

EITHER the McKittrick Park pitch was full of demons or the batsmen were simply lacking technique.

Tucabia might have scraped home with the points against Westlawn but the batting from both teams left a lot to be desired.

In total, eight ducks were recorded for the match, with 10 batsmen bowled through the gate.

Batting first on a wicket devoid of any life, Westlawn struggled against a pedestrian bowling attack to be all out for 84.

In his first game back in the top grade, Westlawn opening batsman Jason Rainbow was the only player to post a decent score.

Rainbow produced a sublime innings of 36 as he stood helpless at the non-striker's end as wickets fell like nine-pins.

From sobering cover drives to deft late cuts, the Westlawn batsman/wicketkeeper gave the rest of his teammates a master class in batting technique.

Ethan Hourigan (2-15) and Adam Bultitude (3-20) were the pick of the Tucabia bowlers, with Chris Adamson mopping up the tail, taking 3-21.

A defiant 27 by Brayden Pardoe held the Tucabia innings together, before a middle-order collapse had captain Bob McKenzie and the rest of his team on the edge of their seats.

Westlawn looked like pulling off a remarkable victory until Chris Adamson (11 not out) and Adam Bultitude (14 not out) produced the match-winning partnership.

Tucabia snuck home by three wickets, with left-arm seamer John Blanch taking 3-8 off five overs.

Rainbow said his year away from the game had made him realise batting was not all about smashing the ball to the boundary.

"I don't think I missed the game. It wasn't until I came back that I realised I did miss it," Rainbow said.

"Being a father has shown me patience. I'm not in such a hurry to belt the ball around."

Rainbow admitted batting was tough on Monday night but added he thought his team was still a chance, even though it posted a moderate total.

"We had belief we could win the game on that deck," he said.

"We talked about bowling stump to stump. The pitch was pretty dead and some of the deliveries, even from Chris Adamson, were ankle height.

"Tucabia were about seven down and we had a close lbw call and dropped a catch.

"The game could have gone either way."



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