Westlawn flying high after Coutts win
AN 11-point cushion heading into the Christmas break is enough to give MI Organics Westlawn reason to be confident of a breakthrough finals appearance.
Last year's wooden spooners are flying ahead of the pack on 47 competition points following a 29-run over Coutts Crossing Tavern.
The results means they are now 11 points clear of GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst and 14 ahead of Harwood Hilton.
The gap allows Westlawn the luxury of staying atop the table even if it drops a game, but captain Dan "Charlie" Amos was not getting carried away.
"We're not getting cocky, but it's been a while since we made the finals," Amos said. "We just have to keep plugging away.
"I've always said it's what happens after Christmas that counts and not what happens before.
"Everyone - especially the bowlers - need to stay in good form and hopefully we can make it."
It is a stark contrast to last season's abysmal campaign when poor performances, with a touch of bad luck, saw it finish last.
The biggest change this season is players taking more control of their personal performances while keeping morale high.
Last year's Westlawn team may have been more likely to fold when Coutts pair Bill North (33) and Noel O'Connell (42) threatened to take control.
Instead, the side kept its cool, turning to gun paceman Nathen Blanch, who removed North in the second over of his returning spell.