Brothers buoyant after holding premiers to a dramatic tie
By TONY WHITE
CRICKET officials were poring over past records last night after an ultra exciting tied resulted between Westlawn Crown Hotel and Brothers Post Office Hotel at McKittrick Oval yesterday.
The Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League one-day match turned into a thriller.
After winning the toss, premiers Westlawn made 5-156 from its 40 overs after slumping to an amazing 4-12 at one stage of the match.
In reply Brothers led by a great 44no by John Holmes and 43 from Mick Summers lifted the team to within striking distance of a hard earned victory.
After a fluctuating game, coming into the final over, Brothers needed 9 runs to win.
With Holmes and Robert Ryan at the crease and young tearaway Rohan Hackett with the ball in his hands it was touch and go.
No runs resulted from Hackett's first ball. A single was scored off the second and third ball.
Then Brothers notched a much needed four to pull within sight of the Westlawn first innings total.
On the fifth ball however, disaster struck for Brothers with Ryan clean bowled by Hackett for a valuable 18.
Brad Grieves strode to the crease. One ball and three runs needed for a win.
Hackett steamed in and Grieves let fly with the bat.
The ball was struck firmly to mid off and Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch attacked the ball determined to stop the run flow. Unfortunately inexplicably Blanch fumbled.
Holmes and Grieves managed to cross for two runs and so end the first tie in first grade Premier League for ages.
Considering wet weather blotted cricket for Saturday in the weekend's double header matches, yesterday's match was a fitting end to the cricket season before the Christmas-New Year break.
Brothers, coming off its first win of the season last week and successfull against Coutts Crossing in the night competition on Monday, can go to the holiday break in a buoyant mood.
Westlawn, struggling for form recently with a depleted line up, showed once again when the chips are down the champions are capable of rising to the occassion.
Bring on next year!
Andrew Firth top scored for the premiers with a typically beligenent 52 in the first innings before being snared caught and bowled by Troy McLaren. He also took 3-21 from 10 overs.
But the real hero of yesterday's encounter was youngster Rohan Hackett.
With Westlawn teetering on disaster Hackett scored a season high 52no to rescue Westlawn when they most needed it.
Brothers captain Corey Bertalli finished leading wicket taker with 4-38 from 10 overs with Holmes, Troy McLaren and Pat Vidler taking two wickets apiece.