Brothers defy South pace attack
By Tony White
Brothers Post Office Hotel batsman Matt Ryan's recent experience with the touring Emus to New Zealand stood him in good stead at Ellem Oval on Saturday.
While Clarence Valley cricketers have been in hiatus with a combination of the Christmas break and an incredible spate of weekend wet weather, the 19-year-old got in plenty of game time captaining the North Coast Emus playing six matches across the Tasman including one 'Test'.
Ryan top scored for Brothers posting a tremendous 75 in the round 11 Premier League match against South Services.
"It was not an easy wicket to bat on and South bowled very well," Brothers captain Corey Bertalli said.
"The first 90 minutes in particular were tough.
"Matt was again among the runs. He played a key role for us and fortunately there were a number of batsman who scored in the 20s and stuck around with him."
Ryan, who came in at number five and newcomer Andrew Rosby (25), put on a 55-run partnership towards the latter half of proceedings which proved vital to Brothers.
Michael Summers (27) and Brad Grieves (22) helped shore up Brothers first innings total, 213.
South, who dropped several chances, kept plugging away and didn't shirk their task despite the disappointment of lost opportunities.
Matt Peterson in particular had a great match.
Peterson bowled superbly finishing with figures of 4-26 off 15 overs including eight maidens.
The South quickie continually had Brothers batsman pinned down and was able to generate pace and plenty of movement off the wicket.
"Matt bowled exceptionally well and deserved his wickets," Bertalli admitted.
"He got a lot of movement and bowled a very good line and length."
Brendan Taylor, who has won a first grade spot after some sterling performances for South second grade this season, finished with 2-43 with seven maidens off 19.3 overs.
Jason Thompson, Zac Page, Ryan Lynch and Stuart Jonker were the other wicket takers.
Matt Hartmann took three catches behind the stumps.