Captain courageous Kroehnert grinds out win in heat
CRCA CRICKET: Brothers Clocktower Hotel captain Jake Kroehnert led from the front with a gritty and determined half-century as his side chased down 121 set by Tucabia Copmanhurst GI Hotel at JJ Lawrence Field on Sunday.
The clean-cut kid toughed out a dogged assault from the topline Tucabia attack to carry his bat through the innings, launching a late assault alongside Jack Weatherstone (25*) as they put on a 55-run unbeaten seventh- wicket stand to guide the side to victory.
It was far from an easy victory for the Brothers outfit, who lost both Billy Kerr and Jamie Firth for ducks early in the innings.
"We were in some serious trouble out there but it was just about keeping composure at the crease,” Kroehnert said.
"Jack brought a clear head to the wicket and managed to dig his heels in opposite me.
"We played some bloody tough cricket out there.
"It was really not the wicket you could go out and drive through the covers and look pretty, you really had to scrap and claw for whatever runs you could get.”
Tucabia's lead paceman Brad Chard (2 for 13 off 8) led the way for his side, picking up a couple of early scalps and not giving the batsmen any room to move.
Earlier it had been Tucabia young gun Blake Ryan who led with the bat, scoring a well-earned 31 at the top of the innings including a big six over mid-wicket.
But the middle order failed to fire as Kroehnert took 4 for 12 off 8 to dismiss Tucabia about 30 runs short of a par total.
"They really deserved to score about 150 but with the slow outfield, it just didn't go their way,” Kroehnert said.
The win means Brothers will go into the mid-season break in second place after only losing one match to ladder leader Harwood.
Harwood also tasted success on Sunday with a dominant performance against South Services, bowling the opposition out for only 78 before chasing it down with one wicket out.
Mark Ensbey was ruthless with the bat in the run chase hitting 10 boundaries on his way to 43 not out.
Westlawn made short work of Coutts Crossing with Nathan Blanch taking a five-for at Lower Fisher. Westlawn chased down the 80 inside 25 overs.