Richardson's effort steers Brothers to victory over Laidley
IT SEEMS experience counts for plenty when it comes to big matches.
David Richardson, one of the highest Ipswich and West Moreton wicket-takers in the past 20 years, was the standout for Brothers in their must-win one-day match against Laidley District at Ivor Marsden No.2 on Saturday.
With his team needing a win to qualify for a shot at a three-peat in the one-day competition, the left-arm spinner scored a quick-fire 22 and took four vital wickets to cap off a stunning all-round performance to get Brothers home.
"Richo (Richardson) is such a handy bowler and is really our go-to-guy when we're in some strife," Brothers skipper Craig Cumming said of Richardson.
"His all-round cricket knowledge is up there with some of the best in the Ipswich competition.
"Come grand final time, his experience will be invaluable especially for the young fellas."
Batting first, Brothers struggled early falling to 4-29 before Cumming (32) and Daniel Trevorrow (22) rescued the team.
Another mini collapse of 4-40 threatened to end Brothers' innings.
However, the turning point of the match was the 38-run ninth-wicket partnership between James Hall (39 not out) and Richardson (22).
The pair's late-order runs drove the hosts to a defendable score of 9-159 when rain forced an early finish to Brothers' innings.
In response, Laidley looked comfortable at 2-67 before its middle order was obliterated by the left-arm spin of Richardson.
The veteran bowler took 4-32 and pulled off a remarkable run out off his own bowling that left the Blue Dogs on their knees and bowled out for 145.
Cumming said the win would give Brothers a huge boost to their hopes of making it three-straight one-day premierships when the two teams face off again in the grand final on February 7.
"They (Laidley) are always tough and we expect them to be at their best, so it's a matter of how well we perform," he said.
"If we perform the way we did on Saturday, it will be another close game."
Meanwhile, Central Districts finished their one-day campaign with a bonus point win over the Swifts at Mark Marsh Oval, putting them just one point shy of second place.
Sent in to bat, the Swifts got off to a flying start thanks to David Roberts (31).
But some tight bowling from Gary Kissick (4-19) triggered a middle-order collapse, as the visitors slumped to 122 all out.
Despite the early loss of opener Luke Barrett for a duck, Centrals hammered the Swifts bowlers with Caleb Risson scoring an unbeaten 40 to help Centrals reach the target in the 31st over.
In the other match, Northsiders triumphed at Keith Sternberg Oval, with the Thunder falling 37 runs short of the 192 needed for victory.