Brothers skipper Brad Robertson in action against Harwood in Premier League action at Yamba Oval.
Brothers skipper Brad Robertson in action against Harwood in Premier League action at Yamba Oval.

Summers left high and dry

GUTTED. That’s how Mick Summers summed up his feelings after falling agonisingly close to scoring his maiden Premier League century.

The Brothers middle-order batsman fell just seven short of a well-deserved ton after being sensationally caught on the boundary by Harwood’s Luke Harradine.

Summers now knows how Australian all-rounder Shane Watson must have felt earlier in the season. A jittery Watson made a hobby of being dismissed in the 90s.

The nervous 90s continue to haunt batsman throughout the cricketing world and for Summers it was an experience he hopes will only be a one-off.

“I was hitting the ball OK and felt confident in reaching three figures but unfortunately things didn’t go to plan,” says Summers.

“I premeditated a shot. They (Harwood) brought their mid-on up and I failed to hit the ball straight enough. I was a bit unlucky, if the ball got dropped it could have easily gone for six-but that’s cricket.”

Although disappointed on missing out on a century Summers says he was happy to get runs on the board and put his side in a respectable position.

“We posted a competitive score but I feel we should have scored a further 30-40 runs. If we manage to get their openers out cheaply next week we are still in with a shot,” he said.

Batting first on a flat Harwood wicket Brothers made 212 with Harwood surviving five anxious overs prior to stumps to be 0-16.

Geoff Simmons (15 not out) and Nathan Ensbey (0 not out) will resume the innings next week against a Brothers’ outfit keen to slip into the four.

Harwood captain Tim McMahon yesterday described Summers’ innings as ‘chanceless.’

“I can’t remember Mick giving a chance until his dismissal,” McMahon said.

“He batted well and hit through the line of the ball... it was a sensible innings.”

McMahon agreed with Summers that 212 may not be enough on a wicket favouring the batsmen.

“They probably would have liked more runs,” he said. “Credit must go to our bowlers for hanging in there.”



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