Leading run scorer confident Brothers still in the game
LOYAL Brothers batsman/ wicketkeeper Luke Dixon has been playing cricket long enough to know first innings scores can be deceptive.
That's especially the case when a team is missing some key players for the first day's play.
In their opening two-day match of the new season, Brothers were bowled out for 136 before Centrals reached 3/56 at stumps.
On face value, that looks like Brothers are in trouble.
However, with two of the team's best bowlers returning, Dixon is backing Brothers to fight hard at Mark Marsh Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Senior campaigners Craig Cumming and David Richardson are back after Dixon held the innings together top scoring with 54 batting at number four.
"We're pretty confident that we can get some points or something out of this game,'' Dixon said.
"To get 130 on that field the way it was, was probably 200 at Ivor Marsden.
"We sort of thought that 150 was competitive.''
Dixon said batting 61 overs for that score indicated the test his team faced in the first division encounter.
"It was actually,'' the seasoned cricketer said. "They (Centrals) bowled well and the grass was long and thick after the rain.''
Brothers hit back quickly removing two of Centrals' best batsmen Ben O'Connell (16) and Luke Barrett (36), who opened together as they will be away on South Queensland T20 duty this weekend.
Dixon said Brothers were restricted due to the one-day competition finals and having a bye in the first weekend of two day games.
"It was good for a couple of players who had niggling injuries but for the other guys, it doesn't help,'' he said.
"With us not making the (one-day) semi-final, we effectively had three weeks off.
"It makes it difficult to play only one two-day game before Christmas and then have a break but we're pretty confident with this game, we can wrap it up and get first innings points, then go on with it after Christmas.
"We're got two of our best bowlers coming back this week who have taken a lot of wickets this year already.''
Dixon is excited about what the team's younger players like fast bowler Jonathon Bill and debutant leg spinner Dylan McAteer will contribute when Brothers gain some momentum in the new year.
"The young guys are going well,'' Dixon said, having played first division for Brothers since 2001.
"They are always improving . . . and that's all you can ask for.''
The former Colleges junior has given up representative cricket to spend more time on Sundays with his 14 month-old daughter Chloe.
State of play
Saturday's first division matches resuming.
Centrals are 3/56 chasing Brothers' 136 at Mark Marsh Oval.
Thunder are 4/54 chasing Eastern Taipans' 206 at Tivoli.
Laidley are 2/48 chasing Swifts' 134 at Bichel Oval.