Grieves and Lancaster save day for Brothers
By TONY WHITE
A GRITTY rearguard fightback by Brothers Grafton Services batsmen Brad Grieves and Joe Lancaster enabled Brothers to snatch a draw against premiership pace setters Harwood Hilton at JJ Lawrence Oval.
Grieves (38no) and Lancaster (14no) steered Brothers through the trying final 20 overs of the 74over innings (8-132) to deny Harwood victory.
Harwood resumed on Saturday at 4-191 and with only four overs left its batsmen threw caution to the wind chasing quick runs.
Harwood lost five wickets ? four falling to Brothers captain Troy McLaren ? and ended the innings 9-215.
Tim McMahon (0) and Dave Cowan (1) were the not out batsmen.
Nathan Ensbey top scored with 66 and Mark Ensbey 38.
McLaren was best for Brothers with 4-74. Ron Chaffey and Corey Bertalli finished with 2-58 and 2-28 respectively.
Brothers' run chase began slowly, with openers John Holmes and Mick Summers being kept at bay by some tight bowling by the Harwood attack, led by Craig Moran and Cowan.
Most of Brothers batsmen got a start but no-one was able to stay around to build a much-needed partnership.
Holmes went for 15, Summers 11, Trevor White 16, Matt Ryan 9 and Kieran Robertson 6.
Harwood must have sensed victory when it had Brothers precariously placed at 7-91 and again at 8-102 with 20 overs remaining.
However, Grieves and Lancaster had other ideas.
The pair managed to keep their wickets intact despite enormous pressure.
All-rounder Peter Hickey finished with 4-39 and Matt Young 2-13 off just eight overs.
Moran and Cowan were the other wicket takers for Harwood.