IF THE rain eases up long enough for Brothers to get on against Northsiders today, it will mark a milestone for David Richardson.
The Brothers spin bowler is scheduled to play his 150th game for Brothers.
Apart from two seasons with Central Districts in the late 1990s, Richardson has spent 15 years with the Brethren.
He admits his enthusiasm had started to wane in recent seasons, but he may have found a remedy in Brothers' Indian import Mukesh Sharma.
"There's a good vibe around the club," Richardson said.
"We worked really hard to get our import here.
"Then after all the immigration dramas, it's really given the club a lift."
There's a good vibe around the club. We worked really hard to get our import. Then after all the immigration dramas, it's really given the club a lift.
Sharma scored 94 not out and took six wickets in his debut in reserve grade for the club last round and is set to make his Premier League debut today.
"He's a quiet lad but he's above our level with the way he approaches things," Richardson said.
"Back home he's a full-time cricketer."
Sharma has committed to this season and next with Brothers, which has Richardson enthusiastic with the hope that Brothers can again compete for titles.
"We definitely need some help and direction to guide the batters," Richardson said.
"Especially with the juniors.
"That gets me excited, and that we'll be in contention for finals cricket.
"My passion was probably down, which is why we needed to do something this year."
Richardson is confident Sharma can make the difference and elevate Brothers from possible semi-finalists to serious title contenders.
"Not getting too far ahead of myself, but I'd say yes (he will make that difference)," Richardson said.
"We've always been able to compete with our bowling but we haven't been able to back it up (with the bat)."
Now Richardson believes they can, though injury to Craig Cumming hasn't helped.
Cumming tore a pectoral playing for Ipswich against Papua New Guinea last weekend and is out for a month.
"Watching him a bit reminds me of Brian May," Richardson said of Sharma.
"How he controls things.
"He doesn't over-hit the ball.
"And like Brian when he was at Redbank, people can bat around him."
If the rain keeps up, Richardson's 150th may have to wait until the second week of the scheduled two-day match, which will determine second spot on the Premier League ladder.
"The wicket's going to be wet (if we play today) so batting's going to be quite difficult," he said. "But the ball and the outfield will be wet so it's an even bet."
Richardson should know, having done it all in a career that has seen him represent Queensland Country and win the 2003-04 Ipswich Division One title.
"It's quite a lot," Richardson said of his 150 games.
"It makes me think about the people I've played with who aren't playing now.
"The one's who aren't playing now who were my age when we were in our early 20s.
"There are not a great deal about who were playing in the mid-1990s."
- Best batsman faced: Brian May
- Fastest bowler: Grant Stallard.
- Best bowler: I'm a tailender so they're all good.
- Most devastating batter: Mick Sippel and Shane Shipton. He could hit some big sixes and take the game away from you.