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Defiant Laws innings leads Brothers to Roosters roast

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

BROTHERS captain Pat Laws pulled out one of his best knocks to help defeat Calliope in their Gladstone Cricket A grade day/night clash at Clinton Park on Saturday.

Laws handled the tricky batting conditions with aplomb, scoring a majestic 88 (five fours and a six) in the Brethren's comfortable 81-run victory.

The fact there was even a match played after two nights of heavy rain was a testament to curator Anthony Miedecke who ensured the two teams got a start at 4pm, two hours after the scheduled start of play.

Brothers won the toss and got away to a solid start, but the game was still in the balance when Matthew Turich joined Laws at 2-51.

But that didn't last for long as the pair provided a backbone to the innings, putting on 91 for the third wicket before Turich fell for a well-made 33.

Laws became Aaron Baldwin's third victim shortly after, as the Brethren lost 5-6 in an action-packed final three overs.

Even so, Brothers total of 7-150 off 38 overs would prove to be more than adequate.

Baldwin was by far the best of the Calliope bowlers and deserved his figures of 3-23 off seven overs.

Calliope's reply never got going under the sustained pressure the Brethren's opening bowlers Mick Kiriazis and Glenn Cook.

The Calliope batsmen simply had no answers to the pair's pace and accuracy, slumping to 8-31 at one stage. Cook took the bowling honours finishing with a fantastic 5-16.

Kiriazis' haul of 3-12 was fine support for Cook.

Thankfully for the Roosters a rearguard action led by the gutsy Baldwin (21no) ensured the last two wickets put on 38, taking the final total to 69.

Unfortunately rain resulted in the other A grade match between Yaralla and BITS at Yaralla to be washed out without a ball being bowled on day two.