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Skipper leads gripping win

BITS batsman Shay Bosworth hits through the leg-side during his side?s one-wicket A grade loss to Brothers
BITS batsman Shay Bosworth hits through the leg-side during his side?s one-wicket A grade loss to Brothers

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A STAR turn from skipper Pat Laws gave Brothers a gripping one-wicket Gladstone Cricket A grade victory over BITS at BITS Oval on Saturday.

Laws bagged 5-21 with the ball as BITS were bundled out for 138 off 33.5 of their allotted 35 overs, before later top-scoring with 34 to halt a Brothers slide and lift them back to a winning position.

His dismissal with the score on 122, chipping off his pads to Scott Toms at square leg off youngster Kyle Brazendale, appeared to give BITS the advantage before last pair Scott Keirsnowski (8no) and Glenn Cook (9no) saw the Breth- ren home safely.

Visibly frustrated at his dis- missal at such a vital stage, Laws said he had been confident Keirs- nowski and Cook could do the job.

"I said to the No.11 (Cook) as he came out 'whatever you do, make sure you're not the guy who gets out ? there's plenty of time left','' Laws said after the win. "The tail did a good job of stick- ing in there ... we found a way to win which we haven't always done (in the past).''

Laws praised opener Geoff Frost, who posted 32 runs and tail- ender Scott Grimsley who, al- though only scoring five, hung around to add 39 vital runs with Laws for the eighth wicket.

Brad Webber was the early de- stroyer for BITS, bagging the first three wickets to fall on his way to claiming 3-30 off 6.2 overs, before conceding the winning boundary off the bat of Cook. Leg-spinner Daniel Gelder chipped in with 2-30 off seven to add to his innings of 29.

Lucas Hall top-scored in BITS' innings with 34 while Cook snared 2-26 off six overs for Brothers and leg-spinner George Kiss bowled well to return 1-18.

BITS captain Jaysen Chilcott said his side gave away too many sundries, including 19 wides and eight no-balls.

"We were probably 20 runs too light-on with the bat and should have defeated them but the extras slaughtered us,'' he said. "Being only our second game, there's no disappointment in that. We're a very young side and we'll learn from that.'' Saturday's scheduled first day of play in the two-day game between Calliope and Yaralla was washed out. The match will revert to a one-dayer on Saturday.