Brothers to seek quick wickets to subdue BITS

BROTHERS failed to capitalise with the bat and must now seek quick wickets next week- end following Saturday's open- ing day of their Gladstone Cricket A grade clash with BITS at BITS Oval.

Brothers skipper Pat Laws won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which looked to have plenty of runs in it but a disappointing Brethren perfor-mance resulted in them being bundled out for 143.

Pacemen Steve Austin (2-34) and Brad Webber (1-12) did the early damage for BITS during a lengthy and economical spell together.

Only three Brothers bats- men reached double figures with opener Mick Kiriazis top- scoring with 47, compiled dur-ing two stints at the crease, Scott Keirsnowski compiling 30 and Darren Hunt (19) adding valuable late order runs.

Kiriazis was forced to retire hurt midway through his in- nings after attempting to pull a short ball from Kyle Brazen- dale only to have it cannon off his glove and into his face.

He departed with his side four wickets down and re- turned at 6-108 following the fall of Scott Grimsley (9) who was the first of three late vic- tims to BITS leg-spinner Dan- iel Gelder.

Pitt chipped in with the final two wickets for BITS to claim 2-16 with Vaughn McDonald (1- 18) the other wicket-taker.

In reply, BITS lost Gelder in the opening over of their in- nings when Laws slipped a de- livery through his defences but fellow opener Lucas Hall (4no) and nightwatchman Aus- tin (6no) saw their side through to stumps without further loss.

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