Brothers book a grand final spot
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
A SPARKLING half-century from skipper Pat Laws coupled with an inspired spell from Dave Lewis booked Brothers a place in the Gladstone Cricket A grade grand final.
The experienced duo played starring roles as a rampant Brethren secured the first spot in next month's decider with a hardfought 40 run win over Yaralla at Clinton Park on Saturday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Laws hit four fours and two sixes to top-score with 61 as Brothers scored 7-166 off their 35 overs.
Matthew Turich shared a 92run fifth wicket stand with Laws and spearheaded Brothers in the final overs to finish on 47 not out, while opener Mal Carlyon scored a typically hard-hitting 27.
Laws was pleased with his team's batting performance, par-ticularly the innings from Turich who is a valuable member of the Brethren line-up.
'We set ourselves the goal of making around 150 before play, so to score over 160 was great,' Laws said.
'Matty (Turich) batted very well, his innings really ensured we would have a strong total to defend.'
Heath Courtney's fine form with the ball continued, claiming 4-7 in seven exceptional overs taking his tally to nine wickets in two matches. Skipper Troy Webster also bowled well, finishing his seven overs with 2-34.
Yaralla's chase got off to a flying start through the exploits of opening duo Grant Webster and Rob Johnson who put on 42 in just eight overs. Webster was in superb touch, hitting three fours in his 24 before he was well-caught by George Kiss off Glenn Cook. His dismissal was quickly followed by the wickets of Johnson, Courtney and Rasmussen as Yaralla slumped to 4-65.
Skipper Troy Webster (48) tried to pull his team out of trouble, putting on 34 with Scott Gear (16), but when the pair fell within 19 runs of each other, so did Yaralla's hopes.
Lewis was the star of the Brothers attack and thoroughly deserved his analysis of 4-16 off seven overs. Leg-spinner George Kiss didn't miss out on the fun either, taking two late wickets in his 2-28, while Glenn Cook (1-18) also bowled well.