Jonathan fits the bill nicely
EMERGING paceman Jonathan Bill gave a tantalising glimpse of his potential in Brothers' five-wicket one-day win over Eastern Taipans at Strollers Cricket Ground on Saturday.
In just his seventh Ipswich and West Moreton first division match, the 17-year-old finished with the outstanding figures of 3-14, tearing through the Taipans' top order to dismiss the home side for 105.
Brothers had little trouble chasing down the Taipans' total, with Mark Sharrad scoring 38 to guide them to victory in 18 overs, picking up two bonus points in the process.
But the day well and truly belonged to Bill.
The left-arm swing bowler got Brothers' day off to a flying start, exploiting the swing-friendly conditions to remove dangerous opener Brodie Dwyer with the second delivery of the match.
Bill struck again a short time later with Luke Dixon taking a good catch to send Louis Gegg on his way without troubling the scorers.
There was more joy to come for Bill when he removed Taipans acting skipper Jarid Greisbach for a duck.
Bill snared three wickets in his first division debut against the Thunder in September, and his recent haul against the Taipans showcased his ability to swing the new ball.
"He bowled a really good line and was able to move the ball in the air and off the wicket," Brothers captain Craig Cumming said of Bill.
"He struggled in his last game before Christmas, but to his credit, he came back after the break and trained well and it paid off for him on Saturday."
Cumming said a good career beckoned for Bill if he could stay consistent and focussed.
"He's a bit of a quiet lad, but hopefully this performance will get his confidence up because every young fella needs as much confidence they can get," he said.
Brothers' second win of the one-day competition keeps them in the hunt for a grand final berth, even though the Taipans remain in second spot.
However, with the Taipans sitting out with a bye in the final round of the one-day competition, Brothers can book their place in the grand final with a win over the undefeated Laidley District next week.
It's a massive ask, but with nothing for Laidley to gain from the match, Cumming believed Brothers could be in with a shot.
"Laidley is obviously a tough team, but I'm happy with the position we're in at the moment," he said.
Meanwhile, Laidley fast bowler Ben Gibson showed no mercy in mauling the Thunder's batting line-up in its one-day clash at Bichel Oval.
Gibson snared 6-24 to dismiss the Thunder for 62, which Laidley chased down with ease courtesy of Brendan O'Keefe's 33.
Nicholas Vellacott led a superb bowling display to deliver Central Districts its first win of 2016, beating Northsiders by 57 runs at Mark Marsh Oval.
Defending 146, Vellacott tore through Northsiders top order with three early wickets to have them reeling at 6-22.
Scott Barbour (35) led a determined rearguard action, but the joy was short-lived as Luke Barrett mopped up the tail with four quick wickets to send the visitors packing for a woeful 89.