AN all-round steady performance from the batsmen of the Brothers Cricket Club ensured the club reached a competitive total of 191 runs against Westlawn at Ellem Oval last weekend.
Both squads' captains were not entirely pleased with the outcome of the day's play, but the lack of a clear leader adds another element to an intriguing clash.
Brothers lost opener Jarrod Lynch (2) early in the session, but the early setback was quickly forgotten as the top half began to pick up momentum.
Joe Lancaster (16), Cadyn Tasker (28), Michael Summers (18) and Brad Robertson (23) all made valuable starts, but the Brothers scorecard still lacked the knock-out, big score, blow.
Andrew Lancaster's (3) departure had the alarm bells ringing, but a lower order batting display saved a potential disaster.
Troy McLaren (33), Ryan Lynch (11), Peter McNamarra (22) and Brett Paxton (27) continued the top half's good work and pushed the clubs score to a defendable total.
“Everyone got starts but we needed someone to go on with it,” Brothers captain Brad Robertson said.
“We recovered from a poor start and everyone chipped in.
“We're 50 runs short of what I would have liked.”
Westlawn bowlers Jason Chevalley (3/19) and Tony Blanch (4/70) were the best from a hard-working attack, but unfortunately the Westlawn fielders could not maintain the same standard.
“It was okay but we didn't field that great,” Westlawn captain Brendan Purser said.
“We should have bowled them for about 40 runs less than they scored.
“I'm pretty confident we can do it (chase down the total).”
At the close of play both Westlawn openers, Purser (10) and Shaun Ulrick (5), were unbeaten.