Brothers fight back to regroup

CRICKET: There are some games that are too close to call, but on the face of it neither of the two games that continue today falls into that category.

Not that Brothers Southside captain Richie Pershouse is about to claim victory as his team aims for first innings points when the Southern Star Sports Shield match against Norths Tigers continues at Rockhampton Cricket Ground today.

“The job's only half done,” Pershouse admitted.

“We rode our luck to post a big score.”

Last week the Norths Tigers players dropped catches with embarrassing regularity.

Tim Reid was one batsman who was thankful for the Tigers' lapses in the field, but the youngster still showed the fighting spirit Pershouse and the rest of the players could admire as he went on to score a century.

“I'm happy with the teamwork,” the captain said.

“We are working as a team and it is starting to pay dividends.”

Brothers fought back after its top order was sent back to the pavilion for just a handful of runs. Now with 300 runs to chase Tigers have a lot of work.

With 10 overs bowled, Tigers have posted 47 of those runs for the loss of one wicket.

“Hopefully we can get a couple of early wickets,” Pershouse added.

While Tigers' work in the field was less than fantastic, Brothers players will not be over-the-moon about the way they have started in that area.

“We've dropped a couple of catches,” Pershouse admitted.

“• Meanwhile at Yeppoon the home side would appear to be just playing for pride.

After being skittled for 134 runs the Capricorn Coast team is struggling to contain a Gracemere, who are less than 80 runs in arrears and with eight wickets in hand.

You might think that Coast skipper Shaun Gilvear would be believing the club is a certainty for a loss in the season opener and a repeat of the bottom placing the club gained last season.

“We'll see what happens,” he said philosophically.

Gilvear was particularly impressed by teenage, left-arm off spinner Kerrin Corrie who took a couple of wickets to leave Gracemere at 2-59.

• Players don't get a rest this weekend as tomorrow they move straight on to a round of one day games.

Frenchville will come out fresh and firing when it meets Brothers at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.

The other match will be a real arm wrestle with fellow strugglers Norths Tigers and the Capricorn Coast.

Round two Saturday: Continuing from last week Brothers 1st innings 9-304 v Norths Tigers 1-47 at Rockhampton Cricket Ground Capricorn Coast 1st innings 134 v Gracemere 2-59 at Yeppoon. Sunday at Rockhampton Cricket Ground, one-day games, Frenchville v Brothers and Norths v Capricorn Coast

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