Scorcher made easier by consistent bowling
BROTHERS captain David Richardson said prior to Saturday's contest against Centrals he would have preferred to bat first.
But having limited the hosts to just 125, and Richardson himself taking a five-fa, the skipper admitted hindsight was a wonderful thing.
"That outfield there at Limestone is really long,” Richardson said.
"The field wasn't conducive to good cricket. Balls that would normally go for four went for two instead. Their 125 - it was a low score, but given the conditions it's probably more like 180, 190.”
Richardson said Wayne Jones' hard-earned 54 "was worth more like 80 or 90”, and his wicket was the key domino Brothers were aiming to topple.
"We always struggle to get Jonesy out,” he said.
"He wasn't scoring quickly necessarily, but he was holding up an end and batting with some of their less-experienced guys as they came in.”
It was Richardson who claimed the prized scalp.
"We got him out off a knee-high full toss; Jacob Sarra was diving to his right and picked up a great catch,” Richardson said.
The Brothers captain may have finished with the significant wicket hall, but he chose to shift praise to his strike partners.
"It wasn't the best bowling from me, I was backed up well by our quicks at the other end,” Richardson said.
"Chris Smith and Taylor Peach bowled exceptionally well in the heat, it just happened that I was cashing in at the other end.
"Taylor got a couple of quick wickets early which got us going.”
Brothers have struggled to make the most of their opportunities this season; Richardson lamenting dropped catches at key moments which potentially turned wins into losses.
But that was not the case on Saturday.
"We didn't drop a catch,” Richardson said.
"All season we've been dropping catches and it's cost us. (On Saturday) we didn't, and the proof is in the pudding.”
The visitors were forced to navigate a difficult three-over period at the end of the day on Saturday, before the umpire called a premature end to play due to bad light.
Despite not making a run in those three overs, Richardson said the only statistic he was interested in come end of play was the 10 in the wickets remaining column.
"Those three overs, they were really tricky conditions to come out and bat in, I don't think too many batsmen would have been keen,” he said.
"We had some guys padded up as night watchmen should we have lost a wicket. So we were really happy when the umpire called for light.”
Richardson said the equation was a simple one heading into next Saturday.
"We have to bat the day, that's it,” he said.
"I said to the guys, no matter the conditions next week, if we bat our overs we'll have them.
"We need to be patient. We won't be hitting the booming drives through the covers for four.
"It'll be ones and twos that get us there.”