GOING IT ALONE: Wayne Jones did his best with bat and ball, but Centrals fell short against Brothers.
GOING IT ALONE: Wayne Jones did his best with bat and ball, but Centrals fell short against Brothers. Rob Williams

Ridgewell tireless in Brothers win

BROTHERS entered Saturday's contest with Centrals needing only to eclipse the 125-run total their opponents had set the weekend before.

Not a particularly difficult total to reach under normal circumstances.

But although the wicket provided for both batter and bowler, the outfield made scoring an arduous task.

Which is why Brothers captain David Richardson was breathing a sigh of relief after his side managed to scrape through their innings with 127 runs.

"It was a lot closer than I was hoping it would be,” Richardson admitted.

"The outfield was so slow, it just wasn't conducive to good cricket. Our approach was if we bat all day we'll get them, but we batted ourselves into a hole a little bit.”

At 4/39, it seemed unlikely Brothers would even manage 100 let alone move past Centrals' total.

But when Jacob Sarra came to the crease to partner Michael Ridgewell, the tide began to turn in Brothers' favour.

"All we needed was one partnership,” Richardson said.

"Jake Sarra hit his 26 pretty quickly, and that changed the momentum back in our favour again. It was a bit of a see-sawing game - good to be a part of, but very tiring.”

Richardson praised Ridgewell for his composure in the middle, batting for the majority of the day including through the middle session where he went without a run.

"Michael basically set up the game for us, he batted like Wayne Jones did for Centrals last week,” Richardson said.

"He went through one session without scoring a run, which just shows his concentration. Without his innings, we wouldn't have been in a position at the end to try and chase the runs.”

The Brethren managed a 20-run, 10th-wicket stand to narrowly move past the required total before Chris Smith took the two wickets needed to assure victory in Centrals' second innings.



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