Tight premiership tussle predicted
THE minor premiers up against the defending champions. The ingredients are there for a memorable tussle when Brothers and The Glen clash for the Gladstone Cricket A grade premiership flag at Clinton Oval No.1 today.
Favoured by good form and, at times, good fortune when it came to their matches going ahead when others were rained out, Brothers led the points race from go to whoa.
With several of their leading players occupying veteran status, Brothers will be keen to capture glory ahead of possible retirements and, with arguably the best bowling attack in the competition at their disposal, will be confident of doing just that.
Skipper Pat Laws (22 wickets), Glenn Cook (21), Scott Keirsnowski (17) and George Kiss (16) finished among the season's lead-ing wicket-takers with Kiss' legspin, in particular, set to play a big part in proceedings.
The Glen also have plenty of handy performers with the ball as they seek a third successive premiership, and their bowlers gained in confidence and potency as the season progressed.
Their captain David Jefferis bagged 21 wickets for the season while youngster Rohan Murray (13), veteran Lance Mazzer (13), Aaron Bachmann (11) and Greg Nicholls (11) have provided him with handy back-up.
In a premiership dominated by the ball, each side boasted only one heavy scorer with Laws racking up 438 runs for the season and Liam Kirk notching 332 for The Glen.
The team which shows the most resistance with the bat will be half way to the title.
The teams met three times this season ? all within the first four rounds ? with Brothers securing a limited overs win and two matches drawn due to rain.