Brothers chasing maximum points
EVEN though he top-scored in their last match, Brothers’ first drop batsman Jason Richardson has taken the blame for the team’s loss.
Brothers have the chance to atone for their poor batting effort in last week’s defeat at the hands of Northsiders when they play Laidley at Ivor Marsden Oval today.
Richardson scored 68 last week and, along with Luke Dixon (53), guided Brothers to 3-144 chasing 201.
Then disaster struck.
Brothers lost 7-15 to lose the match outright.
They need to win their remaining two games outright and hope other results fall their way to claim a place in the Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association Division One finals.
“I can’t blame the guys below me for getting out because me and Luke should have steered us home,” Richardson said.
“The constant rain has made it hard to get some form for our batting line-up.
“Me and Luke were set. It was up to us and I got out playing a stupid shot.
Richardson was caught at mid-off attempting to clear the infield.
Richardson said a solid start from his openers and stopping Laidley’s big guns like Mick Sippel ripping through them would be their biggest challenge this weekend at Ivor Marsden Park.
“Our batting is not up to scratch at the moment so it is important that when one of us does get in that we stay in,” Richardson said.
“Laidley have an excellent bowling line-up. We want to set the pace and bat first if we can.
“We need to win outright so we need to be aggressive.”
Laidley are the number one team in the competition.
Last weekend against Centrals they showed why.
The Blue Dogs passed Centrals’ impressive total of 230 with eight wickets down.
While their batting was impressive, Laidley veteran Sippel took 5-65 to show the club is equally adept with ball in hand.
Sippel also chipped in with 83 runs.
“Laidley play an aggressive style so if we force them to chase a good target, they’re going to go after it and hopefully our bowlers can make them play false shots,” Richardson said.
“Our strength is in the bowling department so if our batters step up these next two rounds, we could still make the finals.”
Central Districts v Strollers/ Raiders, Mark Marsh Oval.
Brothers v Laidley, Ivor Marsden 2.
Northsiders v Swifts, Jensen Oval (Burnie Board).