Easy Twenty20 victories
BROTHERS and BITS were the victors in the first Twenty/20 matches for the GCI season, both having comfortable wins over Yaralla and the Glen respectively.
On a surprisingly good pitch and field considering the overnight rain, stand-in BITS captain Sam Mckee did what regular skipper Josh Singh hasn’t been able to do this season: win the toss.
He chose to bat at home, and Luke O’Shea and Seth Tuiwai opened, both having their first opportunity with the bat following the dominance with the blade of the rest of the top order in the opening matches.
The pair looked in good nick, Tuiwai in particular playing some magnificent shots on his way to equal top score of 30.
Steven White (16), Nev Judd (9) and Mark ‘Shot’ Walker (30) kept the scoreboard ticking over before good running and strokemaking from Jon Heyden (8) and Dave Webber (17) at the end of the innings saw the score reach a respectable 134.
Michael Matz was the pick of the Glen’s bowlers.
Given the Glen’s batting line-up, a good start in the field was important, however they were depleted with players on CQ duties.
BITS’ Peter ‘Shep’ Shepherd once again delivered with four tight fast overs, finishing with impressive figures of 1 for 8. A 62-run partnership from Liam Kirk and Andrew Caris started to put pressure on BITS before the ball was thrown to spin twins Scott Pitt and Tuiwai, who immediately picked up the dangerous Kirk.
The Glen reached 7/106 off 20 overs to go down by 28 runs.
Yaralla won the toss and batted on their home deck, and opening Greg Rasmussen showed his intent from the start, looking for runs at every opportunity.
He was soon out and it was left to Chris Bye to steady the ship and top score with 29. Michael Slatter was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
The pressure was on the home side from the start, with Steve Austin and Paul Condren keeping the Yaralla batsmen pinned down.
Brothers captain Mal Carlyon was pleased to chalk up a win, the second in a row, considering his side contained a few reserves players.
One who really stood up was medium pacer Ben Meredith, who tore through the Yaralla middle order and captured 5-9.
“He did a bit with the ball and was bowling good line and length,” Carlyon said.
Brothers had a modest chase of 95. Mick Small was the pick of the Brothers batsmen, top scoring with 38 not out. He was ably assisted by Will Greer who also carried his bat for 18, and Brothers reached the target with five wickets remaining.