Brothers under cricket pressure
By Wayne Jones
LAST weekend, Swifts bowed out of the finals race.
This weekend, Brothers will be under pressure to maintain contact with the top three.
Brothers have the tricky game of Northsiders but they are at home.
Central Districts host Thunder while Swifts travel to Eastern Taipans.
This weekend is a Saturday/Sunday round of fixtures, the second last round of the season.
Taipans will book their semi final place with a win over Swifts at Raleigh Oval.
However, a loss and a difficult trip to Laidley next week could see them miss out it, if results go against them.
Centrals have been on the bye and are understrength again so Thunder will feel confident.
Their batting has improved with Tobias Nugter and Isaac van de Werken playing some vibrant cricket lately. However, if Centrals flex their muscle, the Kookaburras could be back in second spot by the end of the weekend.
Brothers will have to pick themselves off the canvas quickly after a heavy loss to Laidley in the one day final. However, they knocked Swifts out of the finals race with a 13 run win thanks to Brendan Alcorn's spin.
With the return of the Barbour brothers and Brendan Forwood, Northsiders will not be a pushover.
With bit of luck, they could really push Brothers to the limit.
Brothers' last round game against Centrals would be a virtual elimination final if they win at Amberley this weekend.
GIBSON'S INSPIRED EFFORT
SOME days, no matter how hard you try, it is not going to be your day. For Brothers, that was last week in the one day final.
Seamer Ben Gibson had a day out on a pitch that assisted him.
Gibson's five wickets and two to his opening partner Michael Sippel knocked the stuffing out of Brothers and their title defence inside the first hour of play.
It always great to see a person in overcoming obstacles in life.
Gibson suffered a bad knee injury in 2010, which could have ended his cricket career.
However, with a tremendous amount of work and spirit he has fought his way back.
He now is a vital cog in Laidley's team again. He has 272 wickets at an average 16.75 in 144 games - 36th in the history of Ipswich wicket-takers list.
Latest first division points: Laidley 138.12, Taipans 96.77, Centrals 88.69, Brothers 78.20, Swifts 54.90, Northsiders 48.72, Thunder 21.12.