Brothers sweating on result
By TONY WHITE
DAMIEN Rouse joked he'd love to see a roof put over Ellem Oval.
The GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst captain said he hoped the hot conditions of the past few days would abate before today's continuation of the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match against Brothers Post Office Hotel.
"Hopefully someone might build a roof over Ellem, otherwise it's going to be a long day in the sun," Rouse said yesterday, tongue in cheek.
However, Rouse is hoping the Brothers players will be doing most of the sweating in the field.
Tucabia will chase Brothers' first innings total of 215 and Rouse is confident it is within his team's scope.
"It's certainly a gettable total," Rouse said.
"Really, I thought we got out of jail last week.
"At one stage there I thought Brothers were heading for 300. I'd run out of options and brought on Andrew Buchanan.
"Within three overs he got three wickets at a time when we really needed a breakthrough."
Rouse said he hoped the top order, including openers Graeme Egan and the experienced Greg Watkins, could set a platform for the team to follow.
Watkins has been in fine form for his new club and Egan returns after missing last week's opening day of the two-day match.
However Bob McKenzie will be missing from the Tucabia line-up.
Meanwhile, South captain Brett Woods is not underestimating premiers Westlawn when his side resumes at 1-33 chasing Westlawn's first innings total of 151 at McKittrick Park.
"We're in a good position, but we won't be taking them (Westlawn) lightly," Woods said.
"They've got some very good bowlers and we'll just put our heads down and try and chase the runs.
"We've got a pretty strong batting line up, we bat probably down to number 10, so the ability is there.
"Westlawn might not be going as well as last season, but you can never underestimate them."
Woods (20no) resumes with Matt Kroehnert (3no) following the loss of Scott Laybutt, lbw to Andrew Firth for 9.
Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch has his opening bowlers fired up for another early onslaught and hopes for an early breakthrough to put pressure on the lower order.
nDOWN river, premiership leaders United take on Lawrence at Lawrence in the main game of the Lower Clarence competition this weekend.
It will be a double header, with 45-over matches on Saturday and Sunday. United have a powerful line up with the likes of Nic Clark, Luke Many, Michael Essex and strong back up with Tom Freebody, Brett and Aaron Jones and Tom Martin.
Lawrence have five-wicket-in-five-balls hero Scott Davis chapping at the bit to again get among the wickets.
The other match will be between the Darryl Simmons-led Wanderers and Harwood at Barry Watts Oval today.