Wests Tav’s opened their 2019 season against a strong Toombul side. Several Wests boys made their debut for the Tav’s team and were honored to receive their caps from first-grade player Andrew Tazelaar. Toombul won the toss and elected to bat. Wests started well with an early wicket to Jacob Kumaru and a good opening spell from Dupinder Singh. The Toombul top order consolidated through the middle overs and started to accelerate the run rate between 30 – 40 overs. Some accurate and clever bowling in the last 5 -10 overs kept the score to 222 after 50 overs. Best bowling was 2/43 (10) from Jacob Kumaru, 1/30 (10) from Dupinder Singh as well as a wicket each to Jack Sonter and Toby Matthews.
Wests began the run chase steadily pushing through the accurate Toombul opening bowlers. Jamie Ross-Lavender held the top order together with an impressive 59 from 96. As the run rate started to increase in the middle overs, pressure built on the middle order. Excluding Jamie, only Lachie Cumming, and Dupinder Singh scored over 20. Regular wickets fell and some disciplined Toombul bowling and fielding kept the pressure on, with Wests ultimately being bowled out in the 46th over 52 runs short of the target. The Wests Tav’s team are looking for an improved performance this week at home against the Ipswich Hornets.