Brothers captain Murray Harch looks forward to today’s final round of the PFD Cup against Gracemere.
Brothers captain Murray Harch looks forward to today’s final round of the PFD Cup against Gracemere. Allan Reinikka

Litschner leads Brothers win chase

A STRONG start to the final round of the PFD Cup season from big-hitting Ken Litschner hopes to lead Brothers to a spirited win against Gracemere at Kalka Shades this weekend.

Litschner's century was a highlight as Brothers batted it out in the final round of the 80-over competition last weekend.

Renowned for his aggressive style of batting, Litschner remains not out on 100 with the team on 5-197 with eight overs remaining.

Brothers captain Murray Harch is confident his team will be able to match the strength of Gracemere, who have proven their consistency throughout the season.

"I think it will be a close end to the game, as long as we play to our own strengths," Harch said.

"We should go all right with still eight overs left, if we can get a score of 250 or more, we would be pretty confident."

Despite Brothers claiming the first innings points over Gracemere, the clash is far from over with Brothers hoping to put in an economical bowling performance today at Kalka Shades.

"We are hoping to bowl Gracemere out under our scoreline," Harch said.

"Jason Batchelor should go well with the new ball. He has been bowling quite well this year.

"Scott Mansfield has also got a fair swag of wickets this year which should be good."

Harch hopes the wicket will again play in favour for his side, with it last week allowing batsmen to gain full value for their shots with the ball into the outfield.

"We will be looking for very quick runs, hopefully seven to eight per over," he said.

"When it's Gracemere's turn to bat, Aaron Harmswoth will be the one to watch, often playing of a high standard."

Brothers hope to work well in the field as well as keeping the bowling nice and tight.

"We need to work in the field keeping the runs down," Harch said. "The pitch may be a little bit dryer then last week which will work in favour for our spin bowler Les Berryman."

Harch said Gracemere had a strong line-up but his players would concentrate on their own games. Brothers' season has been something of a roller-coaster and they only stepped up their game heading into the PFD Cup.

"Our batting has really come together at the right end of the year," Harch said.

"Our bowling also looks strong, with both bowlers and fielding improving out of sight."

Brothers started the PFD Cup with wins against both Gracemere and Norths, coming close to a Frenchville defeat before it was called off due to wet weather.

"We were confident going into that weekend that we could beat them, no thanks to the wet weather," Harch said.

"As long as we have a repeat of our round performances, we are in with a big chance at the finals."

Brothers will take on Norths today at Kalka Shades at noon.

The other PFD Cup match will be held at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds with Frenchville taking on Norths in the final round of the competition.



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