Vidler sparks comeback
A STUNNING comeback with the ball has led Westlawn to an unlikely 20-run win over Easts at McKittrick Park on Monday night.
Having set Easts a skinny target of 99 on an up-and-down-pitch, Westlawn’s hopes were weakened early by a dashing batting display by Easts’ number three Nick Ada, whose innings oozed class.
It took superb bowling by Pat Vidler and some accurate fielding for Westlawn to fight back, taking seven wickets for only eight runs and in doing so keeping their night competition hopes alive.
Earlier in the night, Westlawn lost their star opening bat Jason Rainbow for a duck before their skipper Brendan Purser (20) and Brad Inmon (13) got their innings back on track.
Purser looked in good touch until a rising delivery off a good length caught the edge and he was brilliantly caught at second slip by Fraser Robinson.
Once Purser and Inmon departed, the Westlawn innings turned into a slow-go affair with their batsmen struggling to hit the ball off the square.
Westlawn’s modest total was due to some tight bowling in the final overs by Doug Harris, who finished with the impressive figures of 2-9 from five overs.
Easts lost an early wicket with Shannon Conner falling to Rohan Hackett in the second over and things got worse with the departure of Damien Cameron for one.
The game quickly swung back in their favour, however, as Ada went about dismantling the Westlawn attack. Ada and Aidan O’Brien put on what looked like to be a match-winning partnership before the rot set in.
A cascade of wickets followed and all of a sudden Westlawn were on their way to pulling off a minor miracle.
Easts’ lower-order bats–men were like rabbits caught in car headlights and had little idea how to go about their run chase.
Vidler cleaned up the tail and ended with four wickets for a miserly four runs.
As Easts captain Doug Harris left the field there was disappointment written all over his face as he realised his side’s chances of reaching the final had vanished. “To watch our batting was very annoying. It was like we were all waiting for someone else to get the runs ... no one put their hand up,” Harris said.