Brothers bowler Billy Weatherstone will be unavailable to play for Brothers this round due to his wedding next week.
Brothers bowler Billy Weatherstone will be unavailable to play for Brothers this round due to his wedding next week. Debrah Novak

Wedding crashes minor premiership

CRCA CRICKET: A resurgent Brothers Clocktower side has found form at the right time of year and made a late season charge towards the top of the Premier League table, and have the chance to win the minor premiership this round when they take on first placed Harwood at McKittrick Park.

There's only one problem: Billy Weatherstone is getting married on the second week of the clash.

Originally, Brothers were meant to have a bye this round, clearing the way for Weatherstone's big day. However, when South Services pulled the pin on their Premier League side on the eve of the competition, it meant no teams would have the bye.

Billy's brother Jack said as the side started to find some form and push for the top-of-the-table finish, they soon realised just how important the final round of the competition would be for the team.

"We've got a few boys in form with the bat so it's a perfect time to get a minor premiership, it's just a pain that it's worked out this way," Weatherstone said.

"It's still doable but we will have to do it under-strength. We're only allowed to make three substitutions between weeks, and with about 10 blokes at the wedding we'll have to change it up and shuffle the team around."

Weatherstone said the goal was to make a strong start against Harwood today and put themselves in a strong position ahead of next week.

"I'm sure whoever steps up will get the job done," he said.

"It's an opportunity for whoever plays to stand up and make a name for themselves. Obviously it's hard to beat a team like Harwood so we will have to be dominate today and leave ourselves in a half decent spot for our understrength side in the second week."



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