Gloveman Tim Whelan (Brothers) watches Easts’ Troy McClaren in action at McKittrick Park.
Gloveman Tim Whelan (Brothers) watches Easts’ Troy McClaren in action at McKittrick Park.

Brothers get the job done

AT McKittrick Park, Easts’ batting woes continued against a Brothers bowling attack minus its skipper Brad Robertson, who is touring New Zealand with the Northern NSW Emus.

It is an all-too-familiar scoreboard for Easts – lose their captain Doug Harris cheaply and they struggle to amass a competitive total.

Responding to Brothers’ total of 139, Easts were in control at 2-46 but after losing Harris for 17 their middle-order again failed to assert any pressure – or score runs – on a pitch which was good to bat on.

“Our batting was woeful, we need to take more pride in our wickets,” a dejected Harris said.

“Their bowlers were wayward early and we failed to capitalise. Realistically on that wicket, against that attack, we should have done better.

“Once they (Brothers) got on top they kept the pressure on.”

Easts were eventually bowled out for 96 in the 28th over.

Brothers’ stand-in captain Mick Summers said he was confident his side could get the job done.

“I thought anything over 120 would be enough. The outfield was very slow ... there were grass clippings on the ground,” Summers said.

“We were going at about three or four an over which was good considering the state of the outfield.

“Andrew Lancaster batted well for his 27 and Troy McLaren held the middle-order together with 27 valuable runs.”

Summers said he was concerned with the lack of consistency by his bowlers at the start.

“They (Easts) were none for about 30 ... almost a run-a-ball. We were wayward in the opening overs but managed to bowl a tighter line.

“There was a mix-up between Doug (Harris) and Nick Ada running between the wickets which didn’t help their cause and we took full advantage with a run-out.”

Brett Paxton was the pick of the Brothers bowlers, taking 4-14 off 8 overs.



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