Brothers batsman Sam Jackson narrowly misses being run out.
Brothers batsman Sam Jackson narrowly misses being run out.

Chard too sharp for Brothers bats

IT’S every left-arm pace bowler’s dream.

To jag a delivery back into a right-handed batsman and see his stumps rattled.

Coutts’ young bowling sensation Brad Chard bowled a ‘corker’ of a delivery to remove Brothers Mick Summers at Ellem Oval on Saturday.

The delivery described by Coutts captain Tim Tilse as ‘almost unplayable’ sent Summers back to the sheds in total bemusement.

“The ball ‘Chardy’ bowled to Mick was sensational,” Tilse said.

“Mick shouldered arms and it looked like a good leave but the ball cut back about a foot and took the top of middle stump and broke the bail.”

Chard ripped through the Brothers line-up, taking 6-24 to prove once again he is right up there with the best pace bowlers the Premier League has to offer.

Brothers were rolled for 124 but hit back late in the day to have Coutts at 5-77 and the game in the balance.

In Coutts’ favour is the fact they still have plenty of batting to come.

“We lost a few wickets, I decided to send in some night watchmen which probably didn’t go to plan but we have our best batsmen to come,” a confident Tilse said.

“Ken Willis is back and we still have Israel Simpson, Troy Henwood and Dean Hambly to bat ... it’s looking good for next week, especially if the rain keeps away and the wicket improves for batting.”

Brothers captain Brad Robertson was full of praise for the way Chard bowled and added he was disappointed in the way his side went about their batting.

“It wasn’t that bad of a deck and there is not much more you can say about Chard, he was great on Saturday,” he said.

“We showed a complete lack of patience with the bat and again didn’t value our wickets. Overall it was a bad batting performance.

“We have Ryan Lynch back next week but Troy McLaren is out. We have enough talent in the side to get us over the line. It will be a big test for us leading up to the semi-finals.”



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