West look too good for Roos
Saturday, 12th November, 2016
By Tyler Hannigan
Tomorrow’s match at the Alma sees West take on South after both sides let their chances of victory slip last weekend.
South’s Laurence Hebberd tore through North’s top order with brilliant pace and swing before an unbeaten century from Tobias Hack allowed the Bulldogs to post a total that was too great for South to reel in.
Despite a terrific start in the field, South’s bowling dropped off dramatically and this allowed the North batsmen to cash in. The Roos’ bowlers missed their areas time and time again and contributed 31 wides to North’s total which is unacceptable in senior cricket if you want to win.
Hebberd’s 4-23 off eight overs was easily the best while Hall claimed the only other wicket to fall.
To their credit, South fought hard with the bat and posted 153 with contributions from captain Sheldon Hall (39) and Stephen Chestnut (29) but they still fell 85 runs short.
Ian Grant has shown glimpses of what he is capable of but has failed to really cash in and he’ll need to do that tomorrow for Central to build a winning total.
Mason Squire was solid in his first outing for the A Grade side this year and he’ll want to continue that tomorrow if given the chance.
West will be kicking themselves after losing to Central last week despite being in a winning position more than once.
They reduced the much vaunted Central batting line up to 7-17 as Sean Wilson ran rampant. He took 5-9 off 8 overs but Central fought back through Paul Gauci’s 59 off 40 balls to post a somewhat competitive total of 95.
West then also collapsed to 9-48 before Wilson was almost the hero with the bat as well, scoring 28 from number 11 to drag his team to within 3 runs before being given out LBW.
The Robins’ bowling has been their strength so far this season, having conceded over 100 runs just once this season but will be concerned with their batting after another collapse.
Liam King showed great form in the T20s, leading West’s chase in the final, but failed to fire last weekend and scored just 2. He’ll be looking for a quick return to the runs tomorrow.
Max Everuss was solid in defence last week but struggled to score and better rotation of the strike will help him build his innings.
South are hungry for their first win of the season but will need to get past West’s bowling attack that bowled them out for just 61 in their last encounter.
With a full strength team on the park then South are a real chance but with their outs, West should be favourites to take the points tomorrow.