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Mother Nature proves the difference as Brothers beat Coutts

Jake Kroehnert bowls for Brothers in their CRCA match against Coutts Crossing on Saturday.
Jake Kroehnert bowls for Brothers in their CRCA match against Coutts Crossing on Saturday. Matthew McInerney

MOTHER Nature proved to be on Clocktower Hotel Brothers' side when an extraordinary turn of events enabled them to pick up their first win of the season on Saturday.

After Brothers set 144 in their first innings, Coutts Crossing Tavern resumed at 3-93 with victory well on the cards.

Poor shot selection, disciplined Brothers bowling and miscommunication between the batsmen saw Coutts collapse to fall 10 runs short of the total, losing their final four wickets for just eight runs.

Coutts president Mal Tilse said it was disappointing not to finish the job.

"The openers got us off to a good start last week and we were in a good position at stumps," Tilse said. "We played a few rash shots along the way and ended up paying for it. It definitely wasn't a wicket for scoring runs and their bowlers got us in the end."

Jake Kroehnert was the chief destroyer for Brothers as he cleaned up the middle order to finish with 4-26.

Brothers' vice-president Tom Howard said his team was happy to get away with the two points.

"The boys are very happy with how they went and so they should be," Howard said.

"It was great to see that the extra attention we've paid to fielding has paid off. Their intensity improved over the game."

Howard held special regard for Brothers' captain Ryan Lynch, who he said was proving to be an outstanding leader.

"Ryan has done a great job in charge of the boys," Howard said.

"He's leading a young team and he's keeping them on the right path. They've done well.

"They've all shown a lot of maturity over the season and that's going to make the team better as the season goes on."

Brothers scored 3-31 in their second innings before rain interrupted play.

With points in the bag, Howard is already casting an eye forward to next week against the competition-leading Easts team.

"They're easily the form team of the competition and it's not going to be an easy match by any stretch of the imagination," Howard said.

"We'll have to focus on controlling Doug Harris but they've got quality players throughout their team so it's not going to be easy."



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