Brothers make steady progress
ON a day more suited to watching DVDs from the couch than playing cricket, Central Districts’ Division One clash with Brothers at Mark Marsh Oval was the only fixture played.
The pitch had been covered since early in the week and credit must be given to groundsmen Darion Parise, Neil and Darryl O’Sullivan and Scott Barrett for enabling any cricket to be played on the oval at all.
By stumps, 73 overs had been bowled with Brothers 8-188.
“The field was a bit wet but the pitch was pretty good,” Centrals all-rounder Wayne Jones (1-11) said.
“I think it was (worth getting on).
“Both sides wanted to play.
“Brothers want to move up the ladder and we definitely need to.”
By stumps, honours were fairly even on a day that made both batting and bowling difficult.
“I think we bowled well but they batted pretty well,” Jones said.
“We’ve just got a little bit of a young side.
“It could have been a lot better, it could have been a lot worse.”
It was the old and the young who did best with the ball for the home team.
Centrals skipper Jason Verrall took 2-20 with his medium pace while 15-year-old left-arm spinner Sam Fellows claimed 2-26, including Brothers’ second top scorer Jason Richardson (42) with a peach.
“I wouldn’t say it was a Shane Warne delivery, but it probably pitched on middle, spun across him and went straight to first slip,” Jones said.
“I think it was his first ball as well.”
Verrall relied on consistency for his wickets, frustrating the Brothers’ batsmen with line and length.
“He put it on the spot and made them work hard,” Jones said.
It was tough going for Brothers early on while the ball was still firm. The pitch provided some assistance and they were forced to come off twice for rain delays.
Opener Josh Buffett (32) and first drop Richardson got though it, however, and as the ball became wet and the pitch flattened out, batting became easier, though it remained tough to hit boundaries across a sodden outfield.
“They only hit five or six fours,” Jones said.
“They had to work hard for their runs.
“Richo and Josh batted really well considering it was a broken innings.
“Then Shaun Madson (46) and Craig Mackay (16) steadied things.”
Jones does not expect a declaration to be immediately forthcoming; tipping Brothers will want more than 200 on the board before bowling next weekend.
“They’ll bat on,” Jones said.
“They need at least 200.”