Westlawn ready for run chase
NEAR-PERFECT batting conditions have MI Organics Westlawn captain Dan "Charlie" Amos confident his team could secure their second victory next week.
Harwood Hilton won the toss Saturday and elected to bat on the opening day of the two-day encounter, a decision that proved correct as the batsmen took full advantage of the lightning outfield to post an imposing 229.
Westlawn was 1-20 in reply at stumps but Amos declared his team remains in the box seat.
"I think it was a 280-run wicket," he said.
"We fielded really well all day, I reckon we saved about 50 runs. The best part was it wasn't one or two guys standing out, everyone did well.
"It was a good team effort."
Harwood's Mark Ensbey and Ben McMahon top-scored for the Lower Clarence Club with 43 each, both batsmen hitting nine fours.
The middle to lower order all worked their way into double figures but captain Tim McMahon will be after higher scores from his top order after the first three combined for just 19 runs.
Westlawn's Nathan Blanch led the attack brilliantly to finish with 4-39 while Ryan Cotten claimed 4-63 despite injuring a finger.
Ian O'Toole cleaned up the other two wickets and was unlucky not to finish with more as he proved a handful for the Harwood batsmen.
"They all bowled really good line and length all day though a few got away," Amos said.
"If the outfield is anything like what it was today then we will go well."