Brothers scrape home on run rate
BROTHERS scored their first win this season of Gladstone Cricket A grade cricket in a thriller against BITS at Boyne Oval on Saturday.
When the game was called off for bad light in the 34th over with Brothers 6/150 chasing BITS 6/156, the Brethren were declared the winners on run-rate by just .06 of a run.
Batting first, BITS produced a solid batting performance on a slowish outfield.
Young gun Lucas Hall had a welcome return to form top-scoring with 40, while opener Dan Gelder continued his good season making 39.
Pat Laws was the pick of the Brothers bowlers with 3/33, while Russell Champion knocked over the two top-scorers in his 2/26 off five overs.
Brothers started strongly in their reply with Mick Kiriazis (32) and Geoff Frost (23) producing a 60-run opening partnership.
Ritchie Thompson tipped the game into BITS favours with three quick wickets, but experienced campaigners David Lewis (19) and Darryl Hopf (42 no) were able to get Brothers home in the tightest of finishes.
Thompson's effort of 3/9 off seven overs was the day's outstanding performance.
AT BUNTING PARK, Calliope, a brilliant all-round display by Troy Webster was the high- light as Yaralla's unbeaten run in Gladstone Cricket A grade contin- ued with an 84-run win over de- fending premiers The Glen.
Webster top-scored with the bat making 58, picked up 4/6 off five overs with the ball and took three catches in what was a five-star performance.
Batting first, Yaralla posted a formidable total of 7/201 off their 38 overs.
Webster was supported by skip- per Chris Stitt who produced a hard-hitting 54 and opener Rob Johnson's 46.
Anthony Williams, Aaron Bachmann and Greg Nichols picked up two wickets apiece in tough conditions for fielding. In reply, The Glen were never a chance after slumping to 3/12 as Webster continued his batting form with the ball.
Wayne Barnsley batted well to top-score with 46, while opener Brett Rogers (19) worked hard as The Glen were bowled out for 117. Webster had the pick of the fig- ures, but Jay Stevens (3/14) and Matt Morrison (2/34) didn't miss out on the action.