Brothers fail to protect wickets
THIS could be the one that got away for Brothers, as it piled on the runs but also lost wickets in a top-of-the-table clash with Frenchville at Kalka Shades on Saturday.
With these PFD Cup games being split 80 overs, it is imperative a team keeps wickets in hand for a second turn with the bat.
This Brothers failed to achieve, scoring 158 runs but losing all 10 wickets in the process.
Under the adapted format for 2011-2012, it means Frenchville, resuming at 2-77 next Saturday, have a further 60 overs to pass the Brothers total and collect the competition points.
With more than 100 runs on the board and just two wickets down, Brothers had the opportunity to control the match.
A half century to opener Grant Nelson and 47 from captain Murray Harch set the platform as the pair put on 74 runs together.
Frenchville captain Jason Wells said he was surprised by the Brothers' match plan.
"They were in a strong position but continued to attack," he said.
That plan resulted in the final seven Brothers wickets falling for just 45 runs.
"We came back and started to bowl tight areas," he said. "They didn't handle it too well."
Wells enjoyed his afternoon's work, mopping up the Brothers tail with his orthodox spin to finish with figures of 4-12 from four overs.
"It (the ball) spun normally," he said. "It did spin a fair bit where the wicket was breaking up."
Wells said his bowlers had started the match well before Brothers caused a few problems.
"The opening pair of Karl Batey and David Goltz bowled very well," he said.
Surprisingly, Brock Siegert was targeted by the Brothers batsmen but Wells knew his bowler would bounce back and gain revenge.
Despite Brothers' collapse and Frenchville's slow response to reach just 2-77 at about two runs an over, Wells said there was little in the Kalka Shades wicket to terrorise batsmen.
"The wicket is such that you have to bowl at the right areas," he said. "There is something there for the batsman and the bowler."
With no worries about how long they spent at the crease, the Frenchville batsmen took their time in trying to reach the Brothers total.
Both openers had a good look at the Brothers bowling, making double figures and taking some of the shine off the ball.
At the close, Nick Hills and Brock Siegert were still at the crease, with Hills 20 coming from 95 deliveries and the usually free-flowing Siegert taking 67 balls to amass his 23 not out.