Brothers secure sniff of vital win
IN THE game of cat and mouse that was Brothers versus Northsiders on Saturday, Brothers captain David Richardson is still not sure who was predator and who prey.
Next Saturday will reveal who gets the spoils after Northsiders batted the day out without asserting dominance in their Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association Division One clash at Ivor Marsden 2.
“I’d like to say we are,” Richardson said when asked who was on top, after Northsiders reached 9-201 at stumps.
“But in 91 overs, you should score more than 201 runs.
“I think Northsiders were taking the view they wanted to bat us out of the game.
“They know they’ve got a game against Swifts coming up.”
Brothers are one of Northsiders’ two main rivals, along with Strollers/Raiders, for a semi-final spot.
If Northsiders can deny Brothers points in this game and then take outright points against Swifts, who Brothers won’t play again this season, it will give them a big advantage.
“It took us half a day to realise what they were doing,” Richardson said.
“At tea they were 3-100 after 45 overs and we thought maybe they were batting for the end of the day.
“It is a bit of a risk if you lose a few quick wickets.”
If Brothers can take the final Northsiders wicket early next Saturday and the pitch is as true as it was on day one, Richardson is confident his team can make Northsiders pay.
“I would hope we can score the runs but any time you get 200 on the board, you hope to get the points,” he said.
Brothers’ bowling line-up had a different look about it, with Isaac Creedy opening the attack and Anthony Fowler making a return to his old club.
Fowler has not played in almost two years after incurring a 16-week suspension while playing for Colleges Crossing in 2009.
“I’ve known Anthony since we were 15-years-old,” Richardson said.
“We were having a chat and he was keen for a game and it worked out that way.
“He’s been doing his boxing training and is probably the fittest I’ve seen him, though I reckon he’ll be pretty sore today.
“He’ll be a big asset for us.”
As will Creedy, who bowled with pace and accuracy to take three wickets.
“Isaac bowled the best I’ve seen him,” Richardson said.
“Cameron Packer was unavailable for the next game so Isaac opened the bowling.
“He was bowling at 20 past five as fast as he was at noon and it was a hot day.
“He has the ability to sustain his pace and take crucial wickets when we needed them.”
It is a trait shared by his skipper, left-arm spinner Richardson who finished with four scalps next to his name.
In the weekend’s other IWMCA Division One match, Strollers/Raiders are on the verge of outright victory over Swifts at Baxter Oval.
Strollers/Raiders bowled the home team out for 77 before declaring at 2-150. Swifts were 6-62 in their second innings.
Ipswich’s chances of contesting the Webb Shield final disintegrated with a nine-wicket loss to Toowoomba at Laidley’s Bichel Oval yesterday.
Ipswich had to win the game to reach the final but were bowled out for 137 which Toowoomba reeled in easily, losing just one wicket on the way.