Wests looking good after dominating win
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.