Brothers reverse fortunes to be finals contender

BROTHERS have qualified for the Gladstone Cricket Association grand final after defeating Yaralla in a batting performance that lasted all day.

Heading into Saturday's match at 1/41 chasing 184, Brothers were intent on not giving Yaralla a look in.

The batting order did exactly that, progressing through to 7/264 before the two captains decided it was enough not far from the end of regulation play.

"We were four down when we passed them, everyone pitched in," Brothers captain Matt Shallcross said.

"Dan Mills was great with 63, Tyler Sunderland got runs and Terry Sawyer got 47 as well."

It is a big change from what the team experienced last year, finishing last in the competition.

After enduring the hard times, Shallcross said, it was a sign of the intent of his team to rectify the issue from the very start of the season.

"It was good to get the win on the weekend and we will now finish top of the ladder," Shallcross said.

"To come from wooden spoon to getting to the grand final this year is a credit to the team."

Shallcross also said nothing had changed for Brothers because it was a grand final.

Finishing first will give his team to opportunity for a draw to be enough to claim the trophy.

He has no plans on letting that happen, chasing a win and only a win to cap the season.

"We play like we have the last month," he said.

"If we start well it should set us up to be competitive."



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