Brothers? side facing daunting run chase



CHASING down a 367-run total is tough at the best of times and is even more difficult for Brothers at Jardine Park today with just 10 batsmen available.

Brothers start the long run chase against CQU Tigers in the final round of the Southern Star Sports Shield ? an A-grade match that will decide the minor premiers.

Missing from the Brothers opening batting today will be the experienced David Deeth, 37, who injured his knee in the field last Saturday.

Les Berryman could join Anthony Spyve in the opening combination.

"It might be telling me something,'' Deeth said.

"I'll only bat if we get within 100 runs of their total ? I probably could bat.''

Brothers cannot nominate another player to replace Deeth.

Deeth has only played in four matches for Brothers, a team chasing a seventh straight premiership, this season.

"Too many fishing commitments.''

Deeth, who is also uncertain about playing in the 2005-06 finals series, knows his team-mates have a tough chase ahead, needing batsmen to occupy the crease for lenthy periods.

CQU Tigers will also be tested, missing key bowlers Andrew Keiler and Eddie Doherty.

The Jardine Park wicket, a batsman's paradise, should be in its best possible condition despite heavy rain earlier in the week with groundsman Stan Alberts giving his pride of joy his undivided attention.

In other matches, Frenchville could be chasing some batting practice in their match against Cap Coast at Jardine Park.

Frenchville has already qualified for the finals in third place and they will also play in tomorrow night's Rockhampton Cricket Twenty20 final against Brothers at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.

In the other matches, Bluebirds and Gracemere start their second innings at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.



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