Brothers veterans steal show
LAST season's grand finalists Eastern Taipans remain stuck at the bottom of the Premier League ladder after suffering an outright defeat at the hands of Brothers.
Brothers claimed first innings points on day one of the Round Three encounter and cashed in for full points at Strollers on Saturday.
It was two of Brothers' veterans who helped deliver the win over Taipans but not in the roles they're accustomed to.
Fast bowler Mark Sharrad hit a half-century while Craig Mackay, usually more renowned for his batting, claimed his second five-wicket haul for the season.
"No-one likes to lose outright," Taipans skipper Nathan Fisher said.
It has been a difficult start to the summer for the Taipans following an off-season exodus of players. But Fisher has been able to find enough positives to remain optimistic.
"Andy Doyle batted well," he said.
"He made 20 odd in the first innings so I put him up the order to bat at three."
Fisher also saw good signs in the batting of Greg Jeffers and Taylor Peach.
Peach made a carefree 60, belting several sixes, but fell trying one too many.
Rival skipper Josh Buffett thought it an irresponsible display, given the Taipans were at the time a chance of avoiding outright defeat.
"They were very determined when they came out in their second innings," Buffett said.
"Andrew Doyle batted very well. But if I was his skipper I would have wanted to clip Taylor Peach behind the ears.
"When you've made 60 and are a chance to hang on, then get caught in the deep trying to hit a six it's not very smart."
Fisher expected to have Dan Thompson back for next weekend's clash against Swifts, a game he rated as a "must-win".
"This weekend is a game we pretty much need to win to get some confidence," Fisher said.
Meanwhile, Brothers are flying high after two wins and a loss but Buffett knows Central Districts this weekend will be the real test of his team's status.
In the other Round Three Premier League match, Laidley beat Swifts outright.
Laidley had already claimed first innings points and declared on their overnight total of 5-242, a lead of 141.
Swifts batters Jarred Lacey (61) and Cameron Wood batted gamely to reach 192 in their second innings, setting Laidley 52 for the outright win.
Blue Dogs openers Deni Lee and Travis Ilka reeled in the required runs with ease to finish 0-55.