Brothers batter Easts

AFTER taking 6-59 last week, Brothers Clocktower Hotel all-rounder Jake Kroehnert inflicted more misery on Easts GDSC on Saturday, this time with the bat.

Kroehnert belted 90 to guide his side to 296 and give Brothers outright victory against a struggling Easts outfit.

Resuming their innings at 4-52, Brothers launched a batting assault on the hapless Easts bowlers before going for the jugular.

Easts plunged to be all out for less than 50 in their second innings, with strike bowlers Ryan Lynch and Corey Bertalli doing most of the damage.

"I wasn't all that surprised to get the outright. We knew we only had to bat once," Brothers captain Mick Summers said.

"Once we passed their total we were pretty confident.

"Jake's innings was very composed and he showed plenty of maturity and the tail wagged with Barney (Howard) and Ryan Lynch, who ended up 44 not out."

Howard chanced his arm batting down the order with a rapid 57, much to the frustration of the Easts' captain.

"Young Howard came in and hacked a bit and it was very demoralising," Tim Whalan admitted.

"The ball would drop just in front of fieldsmen but good luck to him - it came off.

"Kroehnert's innings was very good. I don't think he gave us a chance. It was very impressive batting."

But the Easts' skipper said the disappointing factor was his bowlers' lack of consistency throughout the match.

"Our bowling was a bit wayward at times. We'd bowl four or five good balls and one bad one, which they dispatched to the boundary," he said.

"I was also surprised with the pitch. I thought with all the rain around it would have a bit of juice in it but it ended up a good batting wicket."

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