Brothers opener Mick Kiriazis forces off the back-foot during his innings of 23 against Calliope
Brothers opener Mick Kiriazis forces off the back-foot during his innings of 23 against Calliope

Cricket season resumes

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A GUTSY innings by talented left-hander Liam Kirk has The Glen in a solid position after day one of their Gladstone Cricket A grade clash with BITS.

Kirk's 97 not out helped The Glen to a competitive total of 8/245 at stumps, while in the other A grade game of the round at Clinton Park is finely balanced with Calliope 2/45 in reply to Brothers first innings of 133.

At BITS Oval, home skipper Jaysen Chilcott won the toss and would have been pleased when Vaughn McDonald had both openers back in the sheds with just 16 on the board.

Veteran Rob Lowry (23) started the fightback, but the key partnership was between the 17-year-old Kirk and the inform Wayne Barnsley.

Together, the pair benefited from some scratchy BITS catching and played positive cricket to put on 137 for the fourth wicket.

Rex Skiba did his best Doug Walters inpersonation to pick up Barnsley's wicket for 71 and BITS were back in the contest.

The home-team stuck to the task with leg-spinner Dan Gelder picking up three lowerorder wickets to leave the game nicely poised next week as Kirk looks for a maiden A grade ton.

At Clinton Park, Calliope spinner Garry Eddy sent a message to Gladstone selectors with a impressive five-wicket haul against Brothers.

Eddy who was dropped from the Gladstone Open team bowled with great accuracy on his way to figures of 5/40.

Brothers opening batsmen Mick Kiriazis (23) and Geoff Frost (25) laid a solid platform with a 49 run opening stand, but then lost 3/1 and could not recover.

Number seven Brendon Manttan looked good in his first game this season making 18, but on the whole Brothers struggled to make 133.

Eddy was well supported by youngster Matthew Lanzon who bowled well on his way to figures of 3/19, while in reply Calliope started well to be 2/45 with Dion Porteous 28 not out and well placed for just their second win this season.



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