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Bowlers prove difference in tight battle for points

Darren Koch plays a shot for Metropolitan-Easts in their TCI A-grade open clash at Rockville Park on Saturday.
Darren Koch plays a shot for Metropolitan-Easts in their TCI A-grade open clash at Rockville Park on Saturday. Nev Madsen

NORTHERN Brothers Diggers and Metropolitan-Easts are locked in a fierce battle for first innings points after some superb bowling from both teams on Saturday.

Mick Miller (4-39) and Aaron Watson (4-32) starred for Diggers as the Trojans were dismissed for just 167 in their TCI A-grade open clash at Rockville Park.

Diggers won the toss but captain Derek Nitschke chose to send their opponents in to bat first.

And his decision didn't take long to pay off as Miller struck to leave Mets stunned at 2-16.

In-form Mets skipper Troy Gurski (46) helped turn their fortunes but the team struggled to build any significant partnerships.

The Trojans lost three wickets for just one run after Gurski edged a ball through to Diggers keeper Brodie Clews.

Some big hits from Lyle Teske (46) kept the scoreboard ticking over before Nitschke (1-22) finished the Trojans off.

But it was slow going for Diggers in reply with the Mets bowlers refusing to give an inch.

Paul Toohey (1-6) bowled seven maidens from his nine overs as the Trojans worked hard to defend their meagre total.

Josh Barrett (28no) and Craig Smith (8no) plugged away at a miserly 1.65 runs per over to help Diggers reach 1-48 by stumps.

Meanwhile, a century to prodigious teenage batsman Ryan Fletcher has Souths in with a chance of a second-straight win in the open competition.

Fletcher scored 130 coming in at first-drop as Souths made 7-267 on the opening day of their two-day match against University at USQ.

Souths captain Andrew Watson felt a big innings from Fletcher had been coming for a few weeks.

Contributions from John Cleary (34), Lachlan Jones (30), Chris Smythe (24) and Nathan Tranter (21) helped Souths build a total that their bowlers have a shot at defending this Saturday on day two.

"I think it's a nice position to be in heading into the second day," Watson said while also stating the job was only half done.

University captain David Else thinks the game is evenly placed but is unsure on when his batsman will get the chance to chase down whatever total Souths finish with.

"I think the game is in the balance," he said.

Finally, Wests are in a strong position after a Chris Gillam century helped them reach 9-316 at stumps on day one in their game against Railways at Captain Cook Oval.

Gillam was the stand-out for Wests scoring 136.

Ben French (4-81) and Tom Caskey (3-66) took the wickets for Railways.



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