Westlawn captain Brendan Purser on the way to an important knock of 67 against Tucabia White at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
Westlawn captain Brendan Purser on the way to an important knock of 67 against Tucabia White at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

Westlawn a premiership contender

ALL the talk in cricket circles so far this season has been who will play Tucabia White in the grand final – Harwood or Brothers?

There is always one team that sneaks under the radar and this year it appears to be Westlawn, who showed their credentials with a six-wicket victory against competition heavyweights Tucabia White at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

Even a Matthew Pigg half-century could not stop the Westlawn juggernaut that has other teams taking notice.

Batting first, Westlawn reached 6-173, with their captain Brendan Purser again leading from the front. Purser smashed 67 runs before he fell to Adamson with the score on 120.

Jason Chevalley batting at number five scored a patient 19 and Bryce Speechley, making an unexpected appearance for his former club, remained 16 not out.

Adamson with 2-40 and Tom Cootes (3-21) were Tucabia’s best performers with the ball.

“BJ (Brendan Purser) batted well and they built their innings around him,” Tucabia captain Adamson said.

“They (Westlawn) did the basic things right and pinched plenty of singles, however our fielding was a bit complacent.

Adamson said his bowlers were on the mark early on.

“We bowled a great line and length but they got away from us in the last 10 overs,” he said.

At 2-85 Tucabia were in the box seat and with Pigg finding touch for the first time this season it looked like the game was all but over for Westlawn.

But then Nathan Blanch removed Pigg (59) and the ever-dangerous Matt Blanch for 16 to swing the game back in Westlawn’s favour. Adamson soon followed, bowled by John Blanch for 11.

Tucabia required 20 runs from the last over, which proved too hard against an accurate Jason Chevalley.

Nathan Blanch bowled a superb spell and finished with the impressive figures of 4-36 from his allotted 10 overs.

“We started off well and were in front of the run rate after 20 overs,” Adamson said.

“Matt (Pigg) laid the platform for us but after he got out wickets regularly. We were 3-102 and had 22 overs to get the runs but went downhill.”



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