Big-hitting Neil McKean
BIG-HITTING Neil McKean smashed 140 for Wests to give his side every chance of toppling Harlequins at the weekend.
Wests batted first and made 215 from its 49 overs, leaving Harlequins with a hefty workload to wrestle first innings points from their rivals.
McKean led by example as Wests captain in his stand behind the crease, working over Harlequins’ bowling attack with ease.
Enjoying time off from work yesterday on a fishing trip, McKean’s haul included a staggering nine fours and two sixes.
Both of the batsman’s sixes came in succession, frustrating Harlequins’ bowling attack.
McKean’s reign of terror was eventually halted when he was caught in the field off a Dean Chandler delivery.
His removal, however, couldn’t reverse the damage that had been done.
Next best with the bat for Wests was Scott Reedman on 19 while Scott McIntosh also returned a handy 17.
Meanwhile, Harlequins’ efforts with the ball were a mixed bag.
While wickets were taken, it at times came at a cost. Captain Peter Kross collected four wickets for Harlequins and Dean Chandler three.
The first instalment of the two-day fixture came to an end with Harlequins in the early stages of its reply behind the crease.
Danny Shepperson made 32 before losing his wicket to a successful lbw appeal while opening partner Michael Walsh remained alive and was starting to find his groove.
Kross said he was pleased with his team’s effort on the first day of the battle.
“I’m happy where we are at the moment,” he said.
“We have just over 130 runs to get with nine wickets in hand and a full day of play up our sleeve.
“It’s not a bad situation to be in.”
Kross said he felt quietly confident his team had the firepower to claim first innings points but admitted the Harlequins needed to be on their toes this weekend.
Receiving a special mention was junior player Luke Wheeler who, upon his debut for Harlequins, claimed a wicket from eight overs.
“Luke bowled really well and often against Neil, which was no easy task with the form he was in,” Kross said.