Huge chase daunting for Brothers

By ADRIAN MILLER

amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

BROTHERS Post Office Hotel face a daunting task run chase today as they attempt to overhaul Westlawn Crown Hotel's mammoth first-innings total of 373 in their Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League clash at Ellem Oval.

Brothers will need to score around 5 runs per over for the entire day to get anywhere near the total, a task which captain Corey Bertalli admits will prove difficult.

"It is an enormous total so it's a pretty big ask," he said.

Brothers haven't had to haul in such a large total since Harwood set them over 350 earlier in the season.

On that occasion they only managed just over 200, but Bertalli said they hadn't let that result influence today's chase.

Bertalli said it was important the team's star players performed, but he stressed the chase could not be left to a few.

"We need guys like Matthew Ryan, Michael Summers or Trevor White to get a really big score, but partnerships are vital," he said.

"Everyone will need to make runs for us to come close -- it's a team effort."

Westlawn's huge score was built on the back of totals by Daniel and Brendan Purser, 79 and 70 respectively, and a 100 run partnership between Daniel and Simon Wilson, 31.

Rohan Hackett, 53 off 26 deliveries, and Westlwan captain Tony Blanch were others who inflicted plenty of damage on Brothers' bowlers.

Bertalli said the rain throughout the week could make the pitch difficult to tame early, but with dry and warm conditions predicted for the afternoon, batting should become easier.

"A lot depends on the wicket," he said.

"If there is a bit in it early on then it will be all about survival.

"But if it is a sunny day it's the sort of pitch that tends to flatten out as the day progresses."



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