Middle order woes plague Services side
SOUTHS v BROTHERS: South Services captain Tom Kroehnert was again left to rue what could have been after his side capitulated from 1-75 to all-out for 122 at the hands of Brothers Clocktower Hotel on Saturday afternoon.
While they had a few hiccups early on, Brothers strode to the total off the back of a late flurry from Jarrod Lynch (36) to claim a five-wicket win.
Kroehnert once again led from the front with a well- played half-century and combined strongly with first drop Steve McLennan (44) in a 69-run second wicket stand.
No other batsman got out of single figures.
Brothers were led by the spin of Andy Kinnane (4 for 32 off 8) who secured the initial breakthrough when he had Kroehnert caught by Ben Jurd.
Kinnane went on to run through the Services middle order to secure his best figures since 2015.
"We had a good start, but it was the same story as it has been all season,” Kroehnert said.
"Our boys know our middle order is letting us down and they have to be better.
"We had a long talk about it as a team, and the blokes know we have to improve but that will only come with more time in the middle.
"There is just a little bit too much impatience there for mine and it is something we will go away and work on over the Christmas break.”
He said it did not affect him personally, but the captain said he felt bad for his bowling attack, which is putting in all the hard yards with the cherry.
Services young seam attack went to work again at Ellem Oval despite having only a low total to aim at.
Dylan Cleaver got three early wickets including both openers and Jake Kroehnert (20) to finish his spell with 3 for 32 off 8 overs as Services began to ask questions of the Brothers line-up.
"We had them at five down for about 60-odd at the drinks break and they were feeling the pressure,” Kroehnert said.
"But credit to Jarrod Lynch, he had a swing after drinks and took it away
BROTHERS CLOCKTOWER v SOUTH SERVICES
At Ellem Oval
Toss: South Services
Umpires: Jeffrey Thompson, Paul Ensby
South Services 1st Innings
T Kroehnert c Jurd b Kinnane 50
DW Cleaver b M Kroehnert 0
SL McLennan c Kerr b Lucas 44
L Harris lbw b J Kroehnert 1
J Rainbow c Lawrence b Kinnane 4
J Peady c Jurd b Kinnane 2
LJ Sullivan b Lucas 3
LR Thompson c JS Weatherstone b Kinnane 0
J Amos run out (J Lynch) 0
BG Scott not out 0
J Kelleher run out (AJ Kinnane) 0
Extras (b 2, lb 3, w 11, nb 2) 18
ALL-OUT for 122
FoW: 1-6(DW Cleaver) 2-75(T Kroehnert) 3-77(L Harris) 4-82(J Rainbow) 5-106(J Peady) 6-112(SL McLennan) 7-113(LR Thompson) 8-114(LJ Sullivan) 9-116(J Amos) 10-122(J Kelleher)
Bowling: M Kroehnert 6.4-1-16-1(2nb, 6w), JS Weatherstone 4-1-14-0(3w), BJ Weatherstone 8-1-19-0, DJ Lucas 5-1-20-2(2w), AJ Kinnane 8-0-32-4, J Kroehnert 4-1-16-1
Brothers 1st Innings
M Kroehnert c ? b Cleaver 16
W Kerr b Cleaver 4
J Kroehnert b Cleaver 20
J Firth c Sullivan b Harris 7
K Lawrence not out 20
BL Jurd lbw b Harris 5
J Lynch not out 36
Extras (b 5, lb 0, w 9, nb 2) 16
FIVE wickets for 124
FoW: 1-18(M Kroehnert) 2-28(W Kerr) 3-50(J Kroehnert) 4-59(J Firth) 5-68(BL Jurd)
Bowling: DW Cleaver 8-0-32-3, L Harris 6-1-28-2, J Amos 5-0-27-0, BG Scott 5-0-20-0, J Kelleher 2-0-12-0