Laws saves Brothers from embarrassment
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A MAGNIFICENT individual per-formance from Brothers batsman Pat Laws saved his team from ma- jor embarrassment in day one ac- tion of their Gladstone Cricket A grade clash against The Glen at BITS Oval on Saturday.
In a remarkable innings, Laws top-scored with 81, including 10 fours and a six as the Brethren were bowled out for 100.
In reply, The Glen were 8/84 at stumps with Wayne Barnsley unbeaten on 40 the key to their chances next week.
Laws has been the Brethren's most consistent batsman to date this season and he continued that form on Saturday.
The magnitude of his innings is illustrated clearly as no other Brothers batsman got into double- figures.
Darryl Hopf (6) was the next best scorer.
The Glen bowled with great dis- cipline in good batting condi- tions, leg-spinner Bruce Elms continuing his good season to rip through the Brothers middle-or-der on his way to 4/31 off 8.2 overs, while Rob Lowry chipped in with 2/13.
Chasing the small total, The Glen started disastrously, losing talented young opener Jason Seng in the second over for a duck.
Aaron Bachmann (5), Lowry (9) and Brett Rogers (0) fell in quick succession as the defend- ing premiers slumped to 4/18.
Middle-order duo Anthony Williams and Wayne Barnsley came together to steady the ship, putting on 38 before Laws struck with the ball to send Wil- liams back to the pavilion for 17.
David Jefferis joined Barns- ley and the pair took the score to 74 before Jefferis was out lbw to Scott Keirsnowski.
With the pressure truly on, Barnsley and Greg Nichols held out the final four overs until stumps to finish at 8/84 to keep the game in the balance.
The Brothers attack shared the spoils, with Paul Taylor, Laws and Keirsnowski picking up two wickets apiece.