DOUBLE OR NOTHING: Brothers Cricket Club won both the a-grade and reserves grand finals.
DOUBLE OR NOTHING: Brothers Cricket Club won both the a-grade and reserves grand finals. Jake Jones

Brothers premiership win sweet after long wait

MAL Carlyon has been waiting a dozen years to win a cricket premiership, and finally delivered another trophy with a win over The Glen on the weekend.

It is the second for Carlyon in his long career at Brothers Cricket Club.

Currently the president of the club, the long wait makes the victory sweeter for the batsman.

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"This is f-ing sweet mate," he said immediately after the win.

"We have been whipping the boys hard for a long time and credit to the lads who have come through that."

Carlyon and his team had to wait longer for the win than first thought, heading into Sunday as the second day of the match with only 39 runs to get.

But it was hours later the team finally passed the total, with the president holding his breath on the bench.

"It is hard not being able to do anything," he said.

"There were a few nervous moments."

The batsman made 23 himself at the top of the order, combining with Matt Shallcross to put on 49 for the opening wicket.

Although he would have liked more runs, getting the win was the only thing on Carlyon's mind.

Sharing it with the team, including long-term players Michael Kiriazis and Pat Laws, made it all the more special.

"Pat, 'Crazy' and myself played in the last one as well," he said.

"There are not a better bunch of blokes."

Brothers win the reserve grade title as well, making it a double for the club while Yaralla Devils won B-grade.

The two premierships had the president with one last line to spruik.

"It is good to be blue," he said.



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