Wests look­ing good af­ter dom­i­nat­ing win

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

WESTS all but se­cured a grand fi­nal berth af­ter their charge at a drought-break­ing pre­mier­ship con­tin­ued on Satur­day.

The Townsville Cricket lead­ers put hap­less Wan­der­ers to the sword at Mick Downey Oval, storm­ing to an eight-wicket tri­umph that puts them a tick un­der 14 points clear on the competition ta­ble.

Only a huge last-round ‘‘ choke’’ and a com­pre­hen­sive win by Sub­ur­ban Parks could deny Wests di­rect path to the de­cider.

Wests coach Lance Watkin, though, said they could ill-af­ford to take the foot off the gas next week­end against Brothers.

‘‘ We haven’t told any of our play­ers ex­actly where we’re sitting, we just said we want to win our last game,’’ Watkin said.

‘‘ We’re treat­ing ev­ery game like we’ve got to win it, we don’t want to take the foot off the throt­tle.’’

But on Satur­day’s per­for­mance, it ap­pears only a mon­u­men­tal ef­fort will halt Wests’ run.

Led by open­ing bowlers Ryan Dow­son ( 3-10 off nine overs) and Martin Seri ( 1-7 off 6.2 overs) and Wayne Seri ( 3-9 off eight overs), Wests skit­tled Wan­der­ers for just 61 in the 38th over.

Only young gun Zac Holm made an im­pact for Wan­der­ers, hit­ting 37, with no one else man­ag­ing more than six runs.

De­spite los­ing two early wick­ets in the run chase, Wests cruised to a bonus point vic­tory in­side 16 overs as Cameron Row­lands ( 25 not out) and Brett Wight­man ( 16 not out) guided them home.

But Watkin said it was with the ball where the game was won.

‘‘ Marty, I know he didn’t get too many wick­ets, but he just tied down the other end which put pres­sure on the bat­ters, that al­lowed Dow­son and these other guys to come through and claim the wick­ets,’’ Watkin said.

‘‘ They worked in pairs, they worked as a unit, and if one wasn’t get­ting a wicket, he was keep­ing it tight while the other one was claim­ing it – it’s al­ways a good sign that each bowler can back each other up.’’

In other re­sults, the lop-sided t heme c o nt i nued a s a well - con­structed 89 f rom Thomas Frankling and a dev­as­tat­ing spell from Cameron Arnold ( 4-9) guided Sub Parks to an 84-run win over Sai nt s . At En­deav­our Park, Brothers de­feated Norths by five wick­ets to keep their top-three hopes alive.

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