Maestro and the veteran
By TONY WHITE
A wily veteran and grand final maestro will carry plenty of responsibility when the Westlawn Grafton Hotel-Brothers Post Office Hotel Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match continues at Ellem Oval today.
Club stalwart Bob McCredie, who has made a Lazurus-like comeback from injury this season, and 2002-03 grand final hero Daniel Amos resume with Westlawn at 1-27.
Brothers were dismissed in its first innings for 155.
The pair represent a great foil, Amos with his ability to score quick runs all around the field and McCredie the always reliable batsman, capable of making good scores in tight games.
Brothers will be hoping however for a quick break through with John Holmes, captain Corey Bertalli and Matt Ryan opening the salvos with the ball.
Spinner Mick Summers could also become a key player.
Westlawn will be heavily reliant on the resuming pair and the likes of star all rounder Andrew Firth and Brad Inmon to get a decent total on the score board.
"If Brothers can take a couple of quick wickets we'll have to dig deep as our batting line up is not as heavy as in previous years," Westlawn skipper Tony Blanch said.
The serious knee injury to Shaun Ulrick in the representative match last week has further weakened the multiple premiers batting strength.
Classy Tim Grosser, currently helping to coach the team, may be called upon to try and qualify him for the finals even though his knee problems forced him into early retirement.
Brothers, under Bertalli, are a solid outfit and capable of pushing Westlawn all the way.
Partnerships for Westlawn will prove vital.
"They will be crucial for us," Blanch conceded. "You can't score runs sitting in the pavillion.
"I'm expecting big scores from Amos, Firth and Inmon and hopefully the tail can kick on."
Tucabia-Copmanhurst have a bye this round.
Windies bats solid
BRISBANE. ? Diminutive opener Devon Smith yesterday nailed down his position in the West Indies top-order with a fluent century against Queensland at Allan Border Field.
Left-hander Smith hit 21 boundaries in his knock of 115 which led the Windies to 3-252 at stumps on day two of their tour-opener in Brisbane.
They will start day three only 71 behind Queensland's total (323) and have the luxury of Brian Lara waiting to bat.
Lara failed to appear at the crease today due to a sore little finger on his right hand that was damaged when he dropped a catch in the slips on day one.
However, Windies management stressed the record-breaking left-hander would bat tomorrow with little discomfort.
Captain Shivnarine Chanderpaul will resume today on 11 not out alongside Marlon Samuels on 16.
Coming into the four-day match, Smith was battling to regain a Test place.