Brothers rebound to make a stand
By TONY WHITE
A NEAR 100-run stand between Matt Ryan and Trevor White at Ellem Oval on Saturday has put Brothers Crown Hotel in a solid position against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst in their Bananacoast Credit Union Premier League cricket match.
White, 50, and junior representative Ryan (74) turned the game in Brothers' favour after Tucabia dictated terms early.
Brothers ended the day all out for 215 following a late mini-collapse when they lost 6-65.
"Overall a pleasing result," Brothers captain Corey Bertalli said.
"The late collapse didn't help, but the total gives our bowlers something to work with."
The Ellem Oval wicket, damaged by vandals on Wednesday evening and inundated with water from storms throughout the week, came up trumps thanks to the efforts of curator John Holmes.
A quick and fiery opening spell from Tucabia fast bowler Nathan Adamson gave last week's Westlawn conquerors the early initiative.
Adamson removed Brothers opener and dangerman Troy McLaren for just 2 and not long after Joe Lancaster was lbw to Adamson for 2 to have Brothers reeling at 2-8.
"Nathan was quick and he troubled all the batsmen," Bertalli admitted.
"His early spell really put us on the back foot."
Brothers laboured to 2-37 after 20 overs. It wasn't until Adamson took a break that White and Ryan opened up.
White, a roofer, has been in good form this season, but Saturday was the first time he had picked up a bat for nearly a month.
"He didn't bat last game and hadn't had a bat for a while, but Trevor did really well," Bertalli said.
"Matt again looked like getting his hundred, but was out again in the 70s.
"He is a fine young player and deserves a ton soon."
Ryan was eventually out, bowled by Brad Paxton and was the third wicket to fall (3-106).
White and Michael Summers (20) took the score to 4-153 when White fell lbw to Andrew Buchanan who also snared Summers and finished with match best figures of 3-22.
One of the match highlights was an incredible reflex catch by Adamson at third slip to dismiss Brad Grieve off Aaron Amos.
"I'm sure Ado didn't really see it (the ball), but he stuck his hand out and it stuck," Bertalli said.
"It was a blinder."
The remainder of Brothers' batsmen fell cheaply, only Holmes (25) and Bertalli (25) adding respectability to the score.
"It was a day of grinding out runs and next week we start afresh when hopefully our bowlers can get on top early," Bertalli said.
There were no first grade fixtures in the Lower Clarence competition due to the state of the grounds.