NIGHT CRICKET: Kerr, Kroehnert cash in for Brothers
NIGHT CRICKET: In-form top order duo Billy Kerr and Jake Kroehnert combined for a match-winning partnership in Wednesday night's Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket clash at McKittrick Park.
The Clocktower Hotel Brothers pair put on 81 runs for the third-wicket to set up a comfortable five-wicket victory with 7.5 overs left chasing GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst's earlier total of 8 for 125.
Kroehnert scored 32 to add to his weekend returns of 48 not out for Brothers on Saturday and 102 for Clarence River against Lismore on Sunday.
Meanwhile opening batsman Kerr has effectively seen off the new ball in each of his innings this season (21, 22, 13) and was due to strike. The 2015/16 CRCA Cricketer of the Year saw off opening duo Brad Chard (2 for 24 off 5) and Chris Adamson (2 for 24 off 5) and duly cashed in with 50, eventually falling to Adamson in his return spell when the game was all but settled.
Earlier, Tucabia zthreatened to post a sizeable total courtesy of openers Matt Dougherty (23) and Tim Bultitude (21) and a brief cameo from Bob McKenzie (19) before he was bowled by Bill Weatherstone (2 for 23 off 5).
Kroehnert (3 for 16 off 5) combined with Andy Kinnane (1 for 11 off 5) and night cricket debutant Dylan Lucas (0 for 15 off) to tighten the screws in the back end of the innings and restrict Tucabia to a manageable total.
CLEAVERS NIGHT CRICKET
Tucabia Copmanhurst v Brothers
At McKittrick Park, Wednesday
Toss: Tucabia Copmanhurst
Tucabia Copmanhurst Innings
T Bultitude b Kinnane 21
MJ Dougherty c Kerr b JS Weatherstone 23
BR Pardoe c JS Weatherstone b BJ Weatherstone 4
BJ McKenzie b BJ Weatherstone 19
DJ Cootes c M Kroehnert b J Kroehnert 11
B Chard b J Kroehnert 18
TJ Blackadder not out 13
AJ Bultitude run out 0
SM Lloyd b J Kroehnert 0
JL Arandale not out 7
Extras (b 0, lb 1, w 8, nb 0) 9
EIGHT wickets for 125
FoW: 1-34(MJ Dougherty) 2-52(BR Pardoe) 3-54(T Bultitude) 4-72(BJ McKenzie) 5-103(B Chard) 6-108(DJ Cootes) 7-112(AJ Bultitude) 8-114(SM Lloyd)
Bowling: JS Weatherstone 4-0-21-1, BL Jurd 2-0-19-0, M Kroehnert 3-0-12-0, BJ Weatherstone 5-1-23-2, AJ Kinnane 5-2-11-1, DJ Lucas 5-1-15-0, J Kroehnert 5-0-16-3, K Payne 1-0-7-0.
W Kerr c Dougherty b Adamson 50
BL Jurd b Chard 5
J Firth lbw b Adamson 4
J Kroehnert c Dougherty b Chard 32
M Kroehnert not out 15
J Moran b Cootes 3
J Lynch not out 5
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 11, nb 0) 13
FIVE wickets for 127
FoW: 1-12(BL Jurd) 2-17(J Firth) 3-98(J Kroehnert) 4-104(W Kerr) 5-118(J Moran)
Bowling: B Chard 5-0-24-2, CA Adamson 5-0-24-2, LC Pigg 3-0-21-0, SM Lloyd 4-0-20-0, JL Arandale 2-0-16-0, TJ Blackadder 2-1-11-0, DJ Cootes 1.1-0-9-1.
Brothers won by five wickets
NEXT WEEK: Westlawn v Harwood