Skipper leads from front with classy 130
BROTHERS cricket club captain Brad Robertson has led his troops from the front with a superb knock of 130 runs to secure first innings points against Easts at Ellem Oval last weekend.
Brothers started the day at 3/57 but a new approach wiped the slate clean for returning batsmen Jarrad Lynch (63) and Robertson.
Believing they had to start afresh, the pair treated the start of play as a new innings and promptly carved up the Easts attack scoring a 63 run partnership before the impressive Doug Harris (5/61) broke the deadly duo.
Andrew Lancaster (5) did not bother the scorers but Seb Dalton's innings of 20 runs acted as a foil with Robertson cutting loose on a deck described as a batsmen's paradise.
Harris finally sent a ball down which Robertson was unable to bludgeon away and the Brother's captain walked away from the pitch to a well deserved round of applause.
Harris continued to run amok in the Brothers tail-end but Robertson and company had already inflicted the damage, cruising to a 73 run first innings victory.
“We got away to a good start and didn't let up,” Robertson said.
“We have accomplished our first priority (top four spot) and hopefully we can get a bit of momentum going into the finals.”
Indeed, it is likely Brothers have grabbed a coveted top two spot with its first innings points, but with bonus points still on offer, and Easts still chasing Westlawn in the race for the finals, captain Ben Hill sent his troops back into battle.
“We heard Westlawn were in a bit of difficulty with Harwood so we tried to get as many points as we could,” Hill said.
Matt Hartmann (24), Dane James (23), Tim Whalan (31) and Frasier Robinson (19) built a strong innings as Easts searched for vital runs.
With time and overs running out Nick Ada (19) and Rohan Hackett (16no) kept the scorecard ticking over as Robertson gave all his players a chance to have a crack at the Easts batsmen.
Easts finally secured a 112 run second innings total but the day belonged to the fighting Brother's batsmen.
“It was a good deck and they batted quite well,” Hill said.
“We were unlucky at times, but that's the way the game is ... you make your own luck.