BROTHERS first grade captain Brad Robertson defends a ball into the legside during his innings of 115 on Saturday.
BROTHERS first grade captain Brad Robertson defends a ball into the legside during his innings of 115 on Saturday. Lynne Mowbray

Robbo to rescue again

BROTHERS Cricket Club first grade captain Brad Robertson has led his side to the Premier League minor premiership with a 115-run innings against Tucabia-Copmanhurst Blue at Ellem Oval last weekend.

In deep trouble chasing 205 runs with four wickets down at the beginning of the day, Brothers needed something special and Robertson did not fail to deliver, scoring his second ton in as many matches.

Returning batsmen Robertson and Ryan Lynch needed to build a solid partnership to negate last week's loss of wickets, but Lynch (0) could not support his captain who had begun the day brightly.

Seb Dalton (28) stuck to his task but the loss of his wicket, Andrew Lancaster (1) and Trevor White (11) had Robertson playing a virtuoso performance.

However, with only two wickets left, Robertson finally found a partner in Troy McLaren, the former skipper batting in the unfamiliar number 10 position.

Robertson and McLaren (40) together overtook Tucabia Blue's first innings score and, to rub salt into the wound, the club put on another 37 runs before the innings came to an end on 242 runs.

Playing a man down, Tucabia Blue worked tirelessly in the field with Mears (3/56) and Josh Gorman (3/33) the pick of the bowlers.

“Brothers batted well, but we missed a few chances,” Tucabia Blue captain Greg Mears said.

“We dropped Robertson at least two or three times.”

With little time left in the day's play and the chance of an out right victory slim, Tucabia Blue's batsmen returned to the pitch for one last shot of glory.

However twilight beat them to the punch, with Graeme Egan (14), Bri Hourigan (19) and Josh Gorman (13) making starts as the team was reduced to 4/52 before stumps.

Brothers, with its back against the wall, had once again defied the odds and, fighting all the way, claimed this year's minor premiership.

“I think it was the best win we have had all season and it could not have come at a better time,” Robertson said.

“That's one target down ... and now all the boys are pumped up and excited.”

For Tucabia Blue, debutants in this year's competition, it was a difficult season sprinkled with a number of positive results.

“We knew it was going to be hard,” Mears said. “(But) it wasn't a one-year plan ... and we have to develop the young blokes and be more competitive.”



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