MAKE no mistake, the Clocktower Hotel Brothers team running around this season could be a genuine premiership chance.
Most of the team played for Brothers last season, winning only two games on their way to a second-last finish.
But the team has improved a thousand-fold during the off season, changing from a team considered easybeats to one that could successfully challenge the top sides.
They fell 110 runs short in their mammoth run chase against GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst on Saturday, but managed to bat out 67 overs against the defending premiers. Brothers captain Mick Summers said he was happy with his team's efforts, putting their improvement down to a more patient approach.
"We batted with a lot more patience this week and it worked out well," Summers said. "There are a few things we could've done better. Our top score was only 37 but it would've been good if one or two of the guys at the top of the order went on with it."
Tucabia-Copmanhurst captain Bob McKenzie said he knew it was going to be a long day in the field, but was surprised by how well Brothers went.
"Anything can happen in a game of cricket but I didn't expect them to bat so long," McKenzie said. "We kept on top of them though."
Tucabia shared the wickets around five of their bowlers, with only two - Chris Adamson and McKenzie - missing out. "I tried to buy a wicket but that didn't go too well," McKenzie said after conceding 13 runs from his only over. "All the other boys did really well."