Tucabia Blue batsman Brett O’Connor will need to step up against Westlawn today.
Tucabia Blue batsman Brett O’Connor will need to step up against Westlawn today.

Tucabia hopes to mow down Westlawn

WESTLAWN’S Jason Chevalley will be sweating on an early wicket today against Tucabia Blue at Ulmarra.

Last week Chevalley put down a chance on the boundary off the bowling of Tony Blanch with the batsman in question being none other than Matt Kroehnert.

Kroehnert will resume his innings today on 35 not out and probably holds the key to a Tucabia victory.

Chasing Westlawn’s first innings total of 170 Tucabia are in a sound position at 2-69.

A win could see Tucabia join Westlawn in second place on the ladder with only two games remaining.

Tucabia have been the surprise packet this season, led by Kroehnert with the bat and Josh Gorman with the ball.

However, injured Tucabia Blue captain Greg Mears, who is recovering from a shoulder operation, was quick to point out that Tucabia are no one-man show.

“I don’t necessarily think the team just needs Matt to perform,” says Mears.

“We have plenty of other guys who can get the runs. Matt Dougherty has been in good form this season and we still have Brett O’Connor to come in.

“If we get through the first hour without losing a wicket we can set the game up. All the boys a fairly confident and are backing themselves for a win. The wicket could end up a bit juicy which could even things out.”

At the start of the season Tucabia Blue were the poor cousins to Tucabia White - on paper at least.

With seven wins from 11 matches they have snuck under the radar and are a real possibility of going all the way.

Mears says Tucabia needs to concentrate on this week’s game and forget about how the other sides are fairing.

“A win against Westlawn today is very important for us. The ladder is tight so we must keep winning,” he said.

“There is not much between the top five sides on the ladder... one bad result and you can quickly shuffle down the table.

“At the start of the season I would have settled for a top four position but I now believe we are genuine contenders for a spot in the grand final.”

Tucabia Blue captain Kroehnert was contacted yesterday and reinforced Mears’ comments regarding his side’s batting depth.

“I will go about business as usual and play each ball on its merits,” says Kroehnert.

“There are other guys capable of getting the runs... we have a strong batting line up.”

Needing just over a 100 for victory with eight wickets in hand will not be an easy task on a wicket which could provide plenty of sideways movement for the bowlers.

Westlawn’s attack - led by Rohan Hackett, Matt Lobsey and John Blanch - have the skill and experience to make batting difficult.

Blanch, in particular will be chomping at the bit to unleash his wicket-taking off-cutters at the Tucabia Blue batsmen.



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