Centrals batsman Adam O'Sullivan digs one out at Mark Marsh Oval on Saturday.
Centrals batsman Adam O'Sullivan digs one out at Mark Marsh Oval on Saturday. Rob Williams

All-rounders playing vital roles

CENTRALS' in-form all-rounder Adam O'Sullivan summed it up perfectly after helping his team secure another valuable first-innings victory.

"It's good fun,'' O'Sullivan, 27, said.

"I'm enjoying my time. That's the main thing.

"It's a little bit more relaxed than Brisbane.''

After 12 seasons with Wests in the Brisbane top grade competition, O'Sullivan has provided a major asset for Centrals, who have made a steady start in the first division two-day competition.

He scored 38 in the sweltering conditions on Saturday as Centrals made 185 chasing Brothers' 136.

Adam's cousin Jason O'Sullivan made 43 after coming in at the start of play after Centrals reached 3/56 on the first day.

Adam's latest innings came after a season high 79 against Thunder in the first two-day game.

The middle order right-hander scored some handy 40s in the one-day series, along with being a regular wicket-taker.

"It's good to get out and just at least help some of the guys and pass a little bit of knowledge that I've been lucky enough to get,'' the experienced cricketer said.

"That's the way I see it. If you can help someone improve their game, it always helps.''

Brothers used nine bowlers in Saturday's hot conditions.

Spinner David Richardson was top wicket-taker with 4/54 off 17.1 overs.

Angus Gegg, Jonathon Bill, Mick Ridgewell, Josh Ridgewell, Taylor Pearch, Dylan McAteer, Craig Cumming and Jacob Sarra also shared the workload.

Missing all-rounders Ben O'Connell and Luke Barrett on South Queensland duty, Centrals second grade bowlers toiled hard filling in as Brothers again.

Brothers reached 6/207 at stumps, with Luke Dixon top scoring again with 80 and Craig Cumming 69 not out.

"We did it pretty comfortably and then probably didn't bat the best and had to go out and field,'' Adam O'Sullivan said.

Brodie Nickson took 3/61 off 12 overs with Adam O'Sullivan taking two wickets.

Oldham's 12 wicket haul shatters Thunder

In gaining first innings points against Brothers, Centrals meet another unbeaten team in the new year.

After the Christmas break, Centrals will host Eastern Taipans who beat Thunder on Saturday after a first-round nail-biting victory over Swifts.

Although being denied an outright win, Taipans can return confidently for the January 7 match at Mark Marsh Oval.

On Saturday, Taipans dismissed Thunder for 99 in 44.3 overs with Vaughan Oldham taking 5/43.

Sent back in, Thunder were 9/163 when stumps were called.

Oldham was again the destroyer, with 7/33 off 17 overs.



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