Seri stars as Wests keep win­ning

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

WHEN Wests need a war to be won they turn to Martin Seri.

And on Satur­day the ex­pe­ri­enced all­rounder again showed why.

Seri proved the dif­fer­ence in a t hr i l l i ng Townsvill e Cri c ket f i n a l - r o u n d h i t - o u t a g a i n s t Brothers at Mick Downey Oval, with the mi­nor premiers clinch­ing a four-run win in the only game of the week­end.

In a low-scor­ing af­fair, for­mer top-or­der bats­man Seri came in at 7-88 and blasted 27 off 14 balls, in­clud­ing three fours and two sixes, to power the home team to 118 in tricky bat­ting con­di­tions.

Seri then com­bined with firstchange bowler Her­bie Heuir ( 2-26) to snare the first four wick­ets on his way to 3-22.

‘‘ Marty does this week-in, week­out. If you’re in a bit of strife – if we need quick runs or we’re chas­ing quick runs – Marty ev­ery time stands up and de­liv­ers at the tail for us,’’ Wests coach Lance Watkin said.

‘‘ Each run was im­por­tant for us and then with the ball he did what he does ev­ery week­end – ( keep­ing it) tight and get­ting wick­ets. He’s just one of those crick­eters, if there’s a tough battle, Marty’s in it.’’

Brothers, who needed a mon­ster win for a chance at crack­ing a fi­nal spot, came close to vic­tory af­ter a 13-run last-wicket stand be­tween Mitchell La­gana ( 27 not o u t ) a n d Mi t c h e l l R a w l i n s ( seven). But Thomas Row­ley ( 1-9) stood up in the nick of time to res­cue Wests.

Wests will have next week­end off as Sub­ur­ban Parks and Saints battle out the semi-fi­nal.

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