FINDING FORM: Brothers' emergent batsman Ben Jurd has found scintilating form in the middle order for the side and is a catalyst to their chances of winning today.
FINDING FORM: Brothers' emergent batsman Ben Jurd has found scintilating form in the middle order for the side and is a catalyst to their chances of winning today. Debrah Novak

Kroehnert and Jurd lead Brothers' charge in knife-edge clash

CRCA CRICKET: Brothers will be relying on their new breed of emerging talent as they push to clinch a victory against Coutts Crossing in a clash that sits on a knife's edge.

Pace bowler Mitch Kroehnert will be thrown the new ball alongside Jack Weatherstone as they search for early wickets when Ryan Cotten (17) and Zac Page (1) heading back to the crease at 3-62.

With Coutts Crossing chasing a further 120-runs for first innings victory, Brothers veteran Troy McLaren knows it is the first hour of play today that will set the tone.

"It is definitely evenly poised,” McLaren said. "If we can jag a couple of early wickets to begin with and get ourselves on top that would be ideal.

"Ryan will be the big key for us. He has been hitting them really well in recent weeks.”

Cotten carries form from the representative cricket scene into the clash despite nursing a fractured wrist for the last three weeks.

The middle order hitter has been seeing the ball well onto the bat in the early rounds this season, something he attributes to extra time in the nets.

"I had a really good pre-season,” Cotten said. "I was at every training session before the season started which was something different.

"After spending half of last year off the fields and all footy season on the sidelines with my knee reconstruction, I was just itching to get back into sport.”

Cotten said he thought Coutts Crossing might just have the upper hand in the clash but it could have been a much different situation had it not been for emerging Brothers' batsman Ben Jurd (36).

"He hung around there for ages last week,” Cotten said. "If we got him out we would have only been chasing 100 or so.

"They just had that one fella out there that just kept scoring consistent runs which is what we now need.”

After his top scoring in the first innings Jurd showed his form again on the night cricket stage in a washed out clash against South Services scoring a handy 49.

McLaren said the youngster was another in a long line of Brothers' young guns who are benefiting from putting in the hard yards in training.

"He has batted very sensibly in recent weeks,” he said. "Once he gets through the first 20 minutes he can really settle into it. There will be plenty more runs for him in the future.”

Play resumes at McKittrick Park from 1pm.

In other action Westlawn and GDSC Easts face uphill battles as they take on mammoth totals.



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