Best of enemies
IF YOU are expecting sparks to fly in today’s Premier League grand final look no further than Westlawn’s Brendan Purser and Brothers Mick Summers.
The two McGrath Electrical apprentices have been in tremendous form with the bat this season and the outcome of the game could rest on their young shoulders.
Purser played a brilliant innings in the major semi-final against Harwood - a superb captain’s knock. The opening batsman is blessed with natural ability but it’s his technique that stands him out from the rest. Westlawn keeper Jason Rainbow sums up Purser’s batting style perfectly.
“I may be biased but BJ’s (Brendan Purser’s) batting is textbook, it is the way you teach batsman to be.”
A stellar season with the bat, Summers, like his workmate, is right up there when it comes to batting excellence.
A liking for the drive, Summers went close to scoring his maiden Premier League century this season against Harwood. Brothers captain Brad Robertson has increased Summers’ workload in recent weeks by using him as an opening bowler.
The move has already paid dividends with Summers exposing opposition batsmen with his late swing.
It will be an interesting battle between Summers and Purser to see who comes out on top. Another interesting fact is neither batsman has played in a First Grade grand final before.
Twenty-year-old Purser has been with the Westlawn club since the age of seven and has the added responsibility of leading the side.
Summers, 23, joined Brothers after playing third grade for Easts and has been at the club for 10 years. You might think cricket would be the topic of conversation each Monday morning at work but according to Purser not too much is discussed.
“When we get to work we have a talk about what went on over the weekend in local cricket but not too much in-depth,” Purser says.
The only time the two played on the same team was at school when Grafton High won The Daily Examiner Shield.
When asked about each other’s batting prowess both were reluctant to elaborate.
“Mick is a good middle-order bat who goes for his shots and can quickly take the game away from you,” Purser says.
Summers added: “Brendan is a solid opening bat and it is important to get him early. He is the key to Westlawn’s batting...they build their innings around him.”
Without giving too much away the star batsmen believe their side has what it takes to walk off Ellem Oval on Sunday victorious.
“We have a good blend of youth and experience and plenty of match-winners in our side,” Summers says. “We haven’t lost a game since the Christmas break...we’re pretty confident.”
Purser says his team is strong on paper and will rely on passion and an all-round team effort.
“We will play for each other and fight hard to the end,” he says.
In sport there has to be a loser and I wonder which player, Purser or Summers, will apply for a rostered day off on Monday?