Bruise Brothers tighten grip on second spot
BROTHERS v COUTTS: A brutal display of hitting from Brothers' middle order striker Mick Summers played the perfect foil for Billy Kerr's measured innings as the side batted to a comfortable first innings win in the GDSC Premier League round eight clash against Coutts Crossing at Ulmarra Showground.
Kerr built steadily on his 26-run start from the week before, utilising a lightning quick outfield, hitting eight fours and two sixes on his way to a season-best 80.
Kerr and his captain Jake Krohnert (36) added 66 runs for the second wicket before Summers took the Coutts attack to the cleaners, notching a 94-run third wicket stand with Kerr on his way to 82 runs.
"While Mick's was just demoralising stuff for the bowlers, Kerrsy really built into his innings and timed his run nicely," Kroehnert said.
"It is good to see both hitting some form; that was Mick's first run since before Christmas.
"Our top order, we have been pretty reliant on them this season so it was good to see our middle order bat well out there."
Coutts seamer Adam Elliott was tireless with the cherry in hand, racking up a mammoth 20 overs as he took four wickets for 69.
Coutts' spinners Brenden Cotten and Noel O'Connell both chimed in for a wicket a piece as Brothers chased quick runs before declaring at the tea break with a 120-run lead and a slim chance at the outright win.
It was not to be for the Brothers side though as Coutts captain Luke Cox hit a points-saving 55 before Ryan Cotten (22), Bill North (44 not out) and Nick Wood (24) ensured the side made it past Brothers' 120-run lead and prevent the outright loss.
The first innings win now pushes Brothers eight points beyond Coutts Crossing in second place on the ladder, but Kroehnert said it was not a time for his side to get complacent.
"That is what we wanted to do; it is now a bit over a win above Coutts," he said.
"It will be hard to stay there if we don't win one of our next two games."
Brothers play Westlawn next week before hosting Harwood at McKittrick Park in the final round.
COUTTS CROSSING V BROTHERS
At Ulmarra Showground
Toss: Coutts Crossing
Umpires: Bruce Baxter, Jeffrey Thompson
Coutts Crossing 1st Innings 141
Brothers 1st Innings
M Kroehnert c Fahey b Elliott 33
W Kerr c Cox b B Cotten 80
J Kroehnert c McLachlan b Elliott 36
MJ Summers c North b Elliott 82
J Firth c North b Elliott 9
BL Jurd c McLachlan b O'Connell 4
JS Weatherstone not out 7
J Lynch not out 2
Extras (b 2, lb 2, w 2, nb 0) 6
SIX wickets (dec) for 259
FoW: 1-42(M Kroehnert) 2-108(J Kroehnert) 3-202(W Kerr) 4-243(J Firth) 5-249(MJ Summers) 6-254(BL Jurd)
Bowling: Z Page 15-4-48-0, AB Elliott 20-3-69-4, N Wood 10-3-49-0, B North 4-1-5-0, A McLachlan 6-2-29-0, E Fahey 5-1-21-0, B Cotten 2-0-14-1, N O'Connell 3-0-20-1
Coutts Crossing 2nd Innings
T Tilse c Firth b McLaren 14
L Cox c Kerr b McLaren 55
B Cotten run out (J Lynch) 3
R Cotten lbw b J Kroehnert 22
E Fahey c Summers b McLaren 8
B North not out 44
N Wood b J Kroehnert 24
AB Elliott b J Kroehnert 0
A McLachlan c BJ Weatherstone b J Kroehnert 7
N O'Connell b J Kroehnert 4
Z Page not out 4
Extras (b 7, lb 0, w 0, nb 1) 8
NINE wickets for 193
FoW: 1-52(T Tilse) 2-71(L Cox) 3-87(B Cotten) 4-104(E Fahey) 5-110(R Cotten) 6-158(N Wood) 7-158(AB Elliott) 8-166(A McLachlan) 9-170(N O'Connell)
Bowling: M Kroehnert 7-1-31-0, JS Weatherstone 3-0-21-0, BJ Weatherstone 4-0-26-0, T McLaren 12-1-48-3, AJ Kinnane 5-2-9-0, J Kroehnert 7-2-24-5, BL Jurd 1-0-8-0, J Firth 2-0-13-0, J Lynch 2-0-6-0
* BROTHERS won first innings by eight wickets.