‘Small chance’ Lamont will bat in South West Cricket grand final

INJURED Mortlake skipper Todd Lamont will keep everyone guessing about his fitness until just minutes before play resumes this morning in the South West Cricket division one grand final against Pomborneit at Camperdown.

Lamont, who suffered damage to his eye after top-edging an attempted pull shot during last week’s rain-hit opening day, could resume his innings when play starts at 11.30am.

Lamont, who retired hurt on 63, faced a few balls in the nets on Thursday night, according to teammate Clinton Baker.

But Baker said he was unsure if Lamont would play.

“There’s a small chance he can play,” Baker said.

“He had a bit of a hit but he said there was a blur there.

“If he doesn’t play, his eyesight is more important.”

With a wicket falling as umpires called for the covers last Saturday before play was washed out, umpire Grant Myers said Lamont could resume his innings today if fit because no Mortlake batsmen had made it out to the wicket.

Baker, who is unbeaten on 24 with his side 5-144 with 7.4 overs remaining, said the Cats would need time to assess the pitch conditions before launching an assault for runs.

“It’s going to be hard,” he said of the Cats’ approach this morning.

“We don’t want to get bowled out early. We will have to take an over and assess it as quick as we can.

“If we can still make one run a ball, that will get us to 190 and that’s very defendable. 

“We would like to come out and hit fours and sixes but we have to make sure we get to 190.”

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