Yaralla puts A grade leaders to the test
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
LEADERS Brothers face a stern test of their Gladstone Cricket A grade premiership credentials when they meet a rested Yaralla in today's match of the round at Yaralla Oval.
Today's day/night clash is the first time the two sides have met this season and promises to be a mouth-watering battle.
Brothers go into the match on the back of a convincing win over Calliope, but are without last week's five-wicket hero Glenn Cook who is unavailable.
Captain Pat Laws has led from the front all season and is clearly the danger man for Yaralla, while Daine Smith provides batting depth in his A grade return.
But, Yaralla have their fair share of talent and welcome new Rockhampton recruit Alan Ryder into the side.
A lively pace bowler and handy lower-order batsman who has vast representative experience, Ryder is sure to make an impact in Gladstone cricket. Yaralla skipper Troy Webster will also be hoping the big hitting seen during the club's doublewicket competition on Australia Day pays off today.
As always with day/night games, the toss will be crucial, with action starting from 2pm.
In the other match of the round, BITS host The Glen in the two-day clash at BITS.
The Islanders are on the hunt for points in their bid for a top-two finish and go in as favourites against The Glen team coming off a bye.
Both sides have struggled to score substantial totals with the bat in recent matches, so don't be surprised if one of the captains sends in his opposition to bat at the toss. The first ball will be bowled at 12.30pm.
In reserve action, BITS meet The Glen at Sun Valley, while Brothers play Yaralla at Clinton Park.
In tomorrow's B grade fixtures, Calliope Blue plays Yaralla, The Glen Gold is up against BITS Gold and BITS Green takes on Calliope Red.