BROTHERS collected the first piece of silverware on offer in 2014-15, upstaging Gracemere Bulls in yesterday's CQ T20 Big Bash final.
Despite an unbeaten 70 (41 balls), which included six sixes, from Gracemere captain Aaron Harmsworth, Brothers reeled in the Bulls' 4-147 in the last over of yesterday's CQ T20 Big Bash grand final at Kalka Shades.
Brothers opening batsmen Zac Myles and Josh Sinnamon got their run chase off on the right note, combining to lay the platform for the win.
Myles (20 from 15 balls) set the tone for the afternoon, driving Michael Harth's first delivery of the innings to the boundary.
Myles' top edge, which was caught by young paceman Rion Banks, saw Harth claim Gracemere's first wicket in the fifth over, stemming the run flow, albeit briefly. Central Queensland Seamers batsman Ken Litschner strolled to the crease and cracked his first delivery over the boundary on his way to a quicksilver 23 (12 balls).
Brothers were seemingly cruising towards their target before a mini collapse saw Gracemere in with a chance.
Litschner skied a ball that wicketkeeper Mark O'Keeffe latched on to, opening batsman Josh Sinnamon was dismissed for 35 and captain Richie Pershouse was caught at long off for 22 with Brothers 4-119, still requiring 28 from 15 balls. Hayden Busk (3) and a battered Tim Reid (29) fell shortly before Luke Reid and Josh Marrinan completed the assignment.
2014 CQ T20 Big Bash
GRAND FINAL: Brothers (J Sinnamon 35, T Reid 29; A Eden 2-25) def Gracemere (A Harmsworth 70no, S Scott 28; B McQuire 1-17) at Kalka Shades yesterday.