BROTHERS produced a 'fighting' performance to be 105 runs behind and in contention in their GDSC Premier League match against Easts at Ellem Oval.
Brothers worked hard to limit Easts to a 162-run total, but will need another dose of fighting spirit if they are to overcome the loss of three early wickets in their run chase.
Easts' batting line-up started brightly, but lost openers Greg Watkins (8) and Ben Hill (13) in the space of two runs.
Tim Whalan (4) had a brief stint at the crease before Doug Harris (40) and Matt Hartmann (32) combined to compile a 63-run partnership and arrest control of the game.
Troy McLaren (3/59) quickly captured both Hartmann and Harris, but Rohan Hackett (19) negotiated the bump in the innings.
Dane James fell without scoring but Easts' tail-end refused to wither under the pressure, with the last four wickets adding 41 runs between them.
“Brothers bowled well and fielded well and kept the pressure on us,” Easts captain Ben Hill said.
“It's still anyone's game ... but we need to start respecting the bowlers more.”
Brothers' run chase started dismally with the club losing three wickets in the space of nine runs.
Adam Dewberry (4), Cadyn Tasker (0) and captain Brad Robertson (0) all failed to contribute as Hackett (2/38) and Dane James (1/15) cut through their defences.
However, opener Jarrod Lynch (33no) stood tall and would not relent, scoring the bulk of Brothers runs as others fell around him.
Brothers will be hoping Lynch can receive assistance when they resume at 3/57.
“We had to fight hard for our wickets and we had to fight hard for our runs,” Robertson said.
“I think Easts lost a bit of patience and threw away their wickets. We stuck together as a team and I think we came out on top.”
“We had to fight hard for our wickets and we had to fight hard for our runs”