Westlawn look back to the future in search of first win
CRCA CRICKET: It's not all doom and gloom at Westlawn, despite being rooted at the bottom of the GDSC Premier League ladder.
Westlawn has lost its opening three exchanges and with the help of a CRCA by-laws breach, in which they lost four points for failing to remove the covers from McKittrick as the home side in round one, is currently on minus three competition points. This puts them five points behind GDSC Easts, who have also lost three from three.
There's already a lot of ground to make up, but Jacaranda Hotel Westlawn captain Pat Vidler was encouraged by last week's defiant effort against Tucabia-Copmanhurst, and has a feeling his boys are due for their first win of the season.
He says there is no reason Westlawn can't win their round four clash at Ulmarra Showground, despite facing unbeaten opposition in Clocktower Hotel Brothers.
"We have an unchanged lineup, a good bunch of blokes and everyone's keen,” Vidler said.
"Last week was a bit of a confidence booster.
"We scored 241 which doesn't lose too many games. Another good score would be nice, but obviously we don't want to chase 300 again.
"We bowled well against Tucabia, but they just batted well on a good wicket.”
This season Rohan Hackett and Jason Rainbow both returned to Westlawn after long absences from the game. Last Saturday a quality 88-run partnership from the pair showed the cobwebs are just about gone; and that genuine hope still exists in the Westlawn camp.
"Jason scored half our runs and if we can keep him in form and get a few batsmen to bat with him, hopefully we can put together another good score,” Vidler said.
"The most impressive part out Jase's innings was he never threw his wicket away. He wanted to bat.
"I spoke to him the night before and he said he was itching to get out there and told me he wanted to bat all day. And he did. He was 22 not out the week before and was last man out.
"It was nice to watch. He just played good cricket shots. He seems to bat better against better bowlers.
"I see he's picked in the rep team which means he's going to play more cricket and that's only good for us.
"He and Chopper (Hackett) add so much for us.”
Hackett didn't bowl against Westlawn due to calf soreness. But Vidler assures he'll provide much potency to the bowling attack this week.
"He should be fully fit and ready to roll, which definitely helps our cause with the ball.”
Vidler said there were only positives looking forward, especially with the continued improvement of Premier League rookies Noah Green and Aidan Cahill.
"Aidan opened the bowling for us against Tucabia and took the big wicket of Matt Blanch,” Vidler said.
"To be opening the bowling in first grade at 13 is a pretty big thing.
"Our wicket keeper Jase Rainbow reckons he hits the gloves pretty hard. Jase talks to him a lot too, which is really good for him.”
Meanwhile Coutts Crossing will welcome back Adam Elliott from a hamstring injury in a crucial top of the table battle with Harwood at Ellem Oval.
Tucabia-Copmanhurst takes on GDSC Easts at McKittrick Park.