Brothers batsman Andrew Lancaster stares down a delivery from John Blanch during his epic knock in the grand final against Westlawn at Ellem Oval.
Brothers batsman Andrew Lancaster stares down a delivery from John Blanch during his epic knock in the grand final against Westlawn at Ellem Oval.

Andrew makes match-winning century

A MID-WEEK reshuffle of plans proved the catalyst behind Andrew Lancaster’s match-winning century in yesterday’s grand final.

Lancaster has been a staple of Brothers’ top-order during the campaign but went in with his side four wickets down in the season showpiece.

A frank discussion with skipper Brad Robertson earlier in the week decided the batting dynamics could be best served by Lancaster slipping into the middle order.

His form had been solid but a brave decision by allrounder Robertson to take up more responsibility – and free Lancaster’s arms – proved vital in the knock.

“It was a joint decision - I was asked to bat by the captain to bat at six instead of three,” Lancaster said.

“It was awesome. It was a team effort.”

As often happens when the season is on the line a hero emerges – and often it is not the player who has grabbed the headlines.

Lancaster certainly fits that bill with most of the focus being left on the shoulders of his more illustrious teammates.

A mixture of glorious drives and ferocious pull shots was the hallmark of the dig but Lancaster admits he was happy to just survive in the early stages.

“I was a bit scratchy early on but started to hit the ball cleaner at the end,” he said.

Clean enough to finish with 108 not out to be exact.



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