Lynchpins lead the way for Brothers
RYAN and Jarrod Lynch led from the front to guide Brothers Cricket Club to a five-wicket win on Saturday.
Older brother Ryan dominated with the new ball, taking 4 for 25 off his 8 overs, before Jarrod opened the batting with 51.
Indeed, the duo's Premier League performances highlighted a good day all round for the club, which won all three grades against GDSC Easts.
"Team spirit is really high at the moment," Brothers treasurer and Premier League scorer Judy Disson said.
"For the Premier League boys this season has been a team effort and this week they played very well."
The win puts Brothers, who won just two matches last season, into the top four heading into the Christmas break.
The young side is starting to gel and be more than competitive among first-grade company.
"Having Mick Summers back as the full-time captain has helped the team combine," Disson said.
"Meanwhile, 16-year-olds Thomas Munro and Mitch Kroehnert have stepped up from the lower grades, fitting in well and taking wickets each week. You can't ask for much more than that."
Munro (2 for 18 off 5) and Kroehnert (3 for 20 off 7) provided able support for Ryan Lynch, as Doug Harris (48), Greg Watkins (30) and (28) guided Easts to 9 for 164 off their allotted 40 overs.
But then Jarrod Lynch continued his strong run of form with his first half-century of the season and took his overall tally to 211 in 2013-14.
He combined with Adam Dewberry (47) for a quickfire 97-run opening stand. Andrew Lancaster (27no) and Kroehnert (21no) saw the side home with 14 overs to spare.
"The openers looked good," Disson said. "They did it in quick time and things went their way."
With the two weekends off, Brothers will return on January 11 full of confidence to set up a mouth-watering encounter with red-hot Tucabia-Copmanhurst at Ulmarra Showground.
Meanwhile, Easts have an extra week to rest their niggles, with the bye in round nine.