Brothers pair share the honours in first-up win
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A FINE all-round effort from seasoned pair Pat Laws and Dave Lewis spearheaded Brothers to the first Gladstone Cricket A grade victory of the season against The Glen on Saturday.
Laws (55no and 2/17) and Lewis (21 and 2/19) led the Brethren to a eight-wicket win over the defending premiers at Sun Valley Park.
Batting first, The Glen struggled to break the shackles imposed by a disciplined Brothers attack.
Openers Aaron Bachmann (25) and Brett Rogers (19) put on 36 to get them off to a solid start, but when they fell in quick succession, the run-rate slowed.
Classy left-hander Liam Kirk held the innings together with a typically patient knock, finishing 25 not out while youngster Michael Gosschalk chipped in with 21 to help The Glen to a solid 6/116 off their alloted 35 overs.
Laws, Lewis and left-armer Scott Keirsnowski all took two wickets apiece for the Brethren.
Brothers never looked threatened in their chase of the target, scoring the runs in just 25 overs.
Openers Geoff Frost (15) and Lewis laid the platform, with new recruit Dane Smith and Laws cashing in.
Smith finished with 20 not out in his Gladstone A grade debut, while Laws staked his claim for the man of the match award, hitting an unbeaten half-century.
Skipper David Jefferis and experienced paceman Lance Mazzer finished with a wicket each.
The Glen meet Yaralla in a grand final replay next week, while Brothers have the bye.