Westlawn grab last-over victory
EASTS were denied their third win on the trot on Saturday, losing to Westlawn by the narrowest of margins at McKittrick Park.
With two runs required off the last over, Westlawn’s Jason Chevalley guided his team to victory, calmly placed the ball for the winning single to with three balls remaining.
Batting first, Easts reached 6-117 off their allotted 40 overs with most batsmen getting starts but unfortunately not going on with the job
“They sent us in on a sticky wicket and their bowlers utilised the conditions perfectly,” Easts captain Doug Harris said.
“A lot of our batsmen got starts and when we tried to lift the run-rate we kept getting out. It was hard to know what a good total was going to be on that wicket ... the ball was gripping a lot.”
Bowling honours went to John Blanch (2-19) and Tony Blanch (2-20).
Westlawn’s run chase was led by their captain Brendan Purser, who, after a shaky start, produced what was to be a match-winning performance.
Purser scored 52 valuable runs and once set at the crease he was difficult to remove.
Westlawn’s Ken Wilson said his team were cruising until the dismissal of Purser. “We were doing it easy then when BJ got out wickets started to tumble...there was pressure all of a sudden,” he said. “Jason (Chevalley) kept his head and got us through to a victory.”