Tucabia claim big win over Westlawn

RAIN is all that separated GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst and outright victory after a dominant display against MI Organics Westlawn at McKittrick Park on Saturday.

After being sent in to bat by Westlawn, Tucabia piled on the runs to finish at 8-236 (dec) in the first week of the game.

The bowlers picked up where the batsmen left off, taking three quick wickets to leave Westlawn at 3-30 at the end of day one.

Day two would be no different for Tucabia, as they dominated with the ball to dismiss Westlawn for just 48.

Tucabia's Chris Adamson said it was a strong performance from the bowlers, and that going for the outright win was "a no-brainer".

"I think our guys bowled really well and used the pitch to our advantage," Adamson said.

"When we got them cheaply we intended to go for the points, but it just wasn't supposed to happen."

Adamson led the way with the ball in the first innings, picking up four wickets in a great display of bowling.

Matthew Pigg and Braydon Pardoe supported ably, picking up two wickets each to round out the dominant display.

With rain closing in, Tucabia enforced the follow-on and tried to take the full points on offer.

Pigg found his groove in his second innings, picking up four wickets to keep Tucabia well in control.

Tucabia's charge was halted when rain interrupted play, with Westlawn struggling at 5-25.

It was a blessing in disguise for Westlawn captain Jason Chevally, who said his team was staring down the barrel of a big loss.

"We got away with it, that's for sure," Chevally said. "The rain made it really difficult to bat throughout the day but we just went there to try and survive the day."

Chevally said Christian Buggy deserved much of the credit for Westlawn avoiding outright defeat.

"Christian was superb for us," Chevally said. "He only scored about eight from 60 balls but he kept his wicket, and by doing that he kept us in the game.

"It could've been a much different result if he got out earlier."

The win is Tucabia's first for the 2012-13 season, with Adamson saying his team would take a lot of confidence out of.

"Hopefully we can keep the run going but it's not going to be easy," Adamson said.

"We've got Souths next week so it'll be a good match but we'll have to be on our best.

"We'll celebrate the win for now and be ready to go next week."

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