Brothers captain Corey Bertalli in full stride against Tucabia.
Brothers captain Corey Bertalli in full stride against Tucabia.

Brothers ?on the board

By TONY WHITE

BROTHERS Post Office Hotel recorded their first win of the season in Premier League with first innings points against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst at Ellem Oval.

Set 215, Tucabia could only muster 164, which left the young Brothers team ecstatic.

"We're on the board, our first win of the season," Brothers captain Corey Bertalli said.

"Hopefully we can carry this on.

"We play Coutts Crossing on Monday night and the boys are sure to be in high spirits."

Brothers clash with Coutts Crossing in the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club-Daily Examiner competition tonight.

Tucabia's run chase began admirably, but they lost 7-78 to hand the points to Brothers on a platter.

Tucabia's Matt Blanch was the side's mainstay, top scoring with 96no.

He cruelly ran out of partners short of a ton, only opener Greg Watkins offering strong resistence with 31.

"It was very trying conditions, extremely hot," Bertalli said.

"John Holmes bowled beautifully, straight and kept it up.

"Matt Blanch basically played a lone hand for them (Tucabia). Everything was up in the air at tea with Tucabia 4-112.

"After tea we scored three quick wickets, Josh Barlow getting two in a row and John Holmes taking the other wicket. That basically swung the game back in our favour.

"It was great to see John (Holmes) taking wickets. He's bowled well recently and finally got just rewards for his efforts."

Holmes took 5-44 from 17.3 overs, including eight maidens.

"The boys were ecstatic about the result," Bertalli said. "It was great to see a lot of emotion from the side. It's a great feeling and the young blokes should take a lot out of this."

In Brothers' second innings opener Trevor White scored a solid 50 before falling lbw to Brad Lloyd. Brothers scored 7-112.

Apart from Holmes, Brothers' bowlers in the first innings were best served by Pat Vidler (2-38) and Barlow with 2-26.

Bertalli chimed in with 1-17 from six overs.



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