Brothers in box seat
By TIM HOWARD
BROTHERS Post Office Hotel first grade opening batsman Trevor White stood tall as his team fought its way to a commanding 6\200 against last season's Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League grand finalist South Services.
South surprised Brothers by winning the toss and choosing to bowl in hostile weather conditions.
White survived an early onslaught from South's pace quartet to score 70 and was involved in a dogged partnership of 111 with all-rounder John Holmes, who scored a patient 47.
Brothers were in trouble early as South's opening bowlers Jason Thompson and Matt Peterson each took a wicket.
Thompson clean bowled opener Sam Jackson and soon after Peterson struck a huge blow, dismissing representative batsman Matthew Ryan to a brilliant running catch by wicketkeeper Matt Hartmann.
Ryan miscued an attempted legside shot that flew off the top edge towards fine leg.
Hartmann sprinted after the ball, for some reason dislodging his gloves and completed the catch barehanded.
With their team in dire straits, White and Holmes first blunted the South new-ball bowlers, then began to pick up the scoring rate.
They batted to the tea-break and beyond taking the score to 132 before South struck back with a vengeance.
Peterson exploited the lack of bounce in the track to trap White lbw for 70 and then new batsman Brad Grieves for a duck.
Thompson captured his second wicket soon after, when he bowled Mitch Ware for 0 as Brothers slumped to 5/133.
Holmes batted through the carnage until he found a willing ally in Michael Summers and they added another 35 runs.
Ryan Lynch, in the middle of a hostile spell, found the edge of Holmes's bat to give Hartmann his second catch of the innings.
Summers and Paul Grieves kept batting until the umpires decided the light was not fit for play. Summers was 37 not out and Paul Grieves 11 not out.
South captain Brett Woods said his bowlers had a mixed afternoon on a flat, if not dead strip.
"Pedo (Matt Peterson) bowled really well in patches and Lynchie (Ryan Lynch) was probably the best of the them," Woods said.