TOP SHOT: Lawson Park’s Darren Snyder slashes this short ball through point on his way to top-scoring during his side’s 153-run victory over Woolpack Hotel at Victoria Park on Saturday. Photo: Col Boyd 070315/FirstGrade/0631
Lawson Park have booked a berth in the Mudgee and District Cricket first division grand final after thumping Woolpack Hotel by 153 runs at Victoria Park on Saturday.
The final margin of victory was overshadowed somewhat by the lack of playing numbers for Woolpack in the qualifying semi-final, with only nine players available for selection.
Matters only became worse for captain Jacob Edmonds and his side when they lost Wade Barrow for the game, and most likely the rest of the season, after suffering a hamstring tear while fielding.
As a result, a ruthless Lawson Pack attack ripped through their opponents to dismiss them for 53 leaving Edmonds scratching his head, saying there was not many positive aspects he could take away from the game.
“We had nine in the end but when we finished with eight because Wade injured himself just as he set off to chase down a ball,” Edmonds said.
“So it was pretty disappointing really in the end, we bowled alright but it was pretty embarrassing really with how many people were there.
“It just shows how important the games are during the year because if things turned out differently we could have finished third and we might be out of the finals if that was the case.”
When asked he if could leave players out next week as a means of punishment, the Woolpack skipper said he would try to unite his squad so their season does not plunge into further depths.
“I’d love to spit the dummy, but I will have to swallow some pride and I am sure the guys that were there last weekend will be back (in the team) and they’ll have a crack,” he said.
Edmonds was the only Woolpack batsman to make it into double figures as his side attempted to chase down the 207 needed for victory and earn themselves a week off ahead of the grand final.
However, Lawson’s Jamie Golden continued the misery for his opponents collecting 5-17 off eight to help force them into a sudden-death clash against McDonald Lawson next weekend.
Earlier in the game, Lawson Hotel were able to put on a several handy partnerships, and while no batsman was able to raise his bat for a half-century the consistent effort down the order was crucial.
“The key for us was the partnerships that we managed to build throughout the innings and they all added up to a pretty big score for us and we thought about 200 was a pretty safe score to defend,” Synder said.
“We were confident with our bowling attack that we’d be able to defend that score, but Woolpack to their credit they bowled pretty tightly at times.”
Snyder, who top-scored for Lawson with 46, said if his side plays Woolpack again this season they expect them to be burning to make amends for their below-par effort on Saturday.
Michael Ford (45) and Cameron Cox (28) chipped in for the victors as Woolpack spread the spoils around in their attack, but were unable to stop the flow of runs with less than a full team in the field.
With many players in the Lawson Park side tasting defeat in last year’s decider under a different banner they are keen to cap an excellent 2014-15 season with the trophy with Snyder saying none of his side are taking anything for granted as they await their grand final opponents.
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