Leaders Lowerhouse march on

GOOD EFFORT: Ben Heap made a steady 32 against Church.

GOOD EFFORT: Ben Heap made a steady 32 against Church.

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LOWERHOUSE continued their impressive start to the rain saddened summer with an easy seven-wicket win over their closest rivals with six overs to spare.

Play finally began at 3-20 p.m. after the usual 2012 season mopping up operation was completed to allow a 30 over contest.

Church won the toss and decided to bat against the opening bowling attack of Francois Haasbroek and Jonathan Finch.

They were soon in trouble at 19-3 but Saeed Anwar and the unorthodox Muhammad Jamil added 77 for the 4th wicket.

Jamil who scored 61 runs from 56 balls faced certainly rode his luck with several aerial shots but was very effective and was largely responsible for the competitive 131-8 posted by Church.

Finch was the most successful of the bowlers used with 6-57 but Haasbroek was outstanding without any luck coming his way.

At the tea interval there was concern amongst the many Lowerhouse followers that 132 from 30 overs may be a tricky ask with Anwar likely to bowl throughout the innings from the Blackburn end and 90 to 100 runs may be needed from the other end.

They needn’t have worried as Johnny Whitehead and Ben Heap played quite magnificently form the start scoring at seven runs per over and in so doing taking the pressure off the batsmen to follow.

They added 87 for the first wicket and didn’t allow the opposition bowlers to settle on a regular line and length. Finch, Haasbroek and Joe Hawke completed the job to win the game with ease.