RAINED OUT: Mal Carlyon, Nathan Cobb and Matt Shallcross inspecting the pitch at Clinton, which was too wet to allow play on Saturday, costing Brothers a chance at the Capricornia Cricket Challenge finals.
RAINED OUT: Mal Carlyon, Nathan Cobb and Matt Shallcross inspecting the pitch at Clinton, which was too wet to allow play on Saturday, costing Brothers a chance at the Capricornia Cricket Challenge finals. Mike Richards

Wet pitch robs Brothers of cricket final berth

GLADSTONE Brothers captain Matt Shallcross has labelled his side's efforts in the Capricornia Cricket Challenge a success despite missing the chance to make the final.

Heading into the weekend equal with Frenchville, Brothers needed a win over The Glen and for Frenchville to lose to sneak into the top two and play the decider next Sunday.

But with rain washing the weekend out, Brothers was left with a few laughs, quiet drinks and entertaining themselves on Saturday afternoon, looking forward to the season ahead rather than a final.

The captain said he was disappointed not to play, but the improvement from last year makes sure the team is not upset about the circumstances.

"Obviously, when you start off with four in a row you give yourself a chance," Shallcross said.

"But last year we didn't win a game, so there is a big positive in what we have done."

Perhaps the most irritating thing for Shallcross is not missing the final, but the chance to make some runs.

The Brothers batting line-up has not played on Clinton's main pitch this season, and looking at the damp pitch, he knew his side could have batted their way into form.

"It has looked good to go, it is a road," he said.

"It will have the bounce next week which will suit us."



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