Tigers lose their growl and bite
DON'T call Les Berryman a part-time bowler.
Norths Tigers captain Eddie Doherty is one who has plenty of respect for the Brothers Southside bowler, especially after his introduction into his team's bowling attack effectively ended the Tigers run chase on Saturday at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
Chasing a target of 304 runs the Tigers started the day at 1-47 and then saw off Brothers top line bowlers to be in a reasonable position by mid-afternoon.
Then on came Berryman to change all that.
“I'd warned our players when Les came on that he wasn't a front line bowler but did put a lot of thought into his bowling,” Doherty said.
Those words turned out to be very astute as Berryman had an inspired spell, taking four wickets without conceding a run, resulting in Tigers going from 3-185 to 9-190 in a very short period of time.
Eventually the chase from the Tigers ended when it was all out for 206 to give Brothers the victory on first innings.
Doherty had been reasonably confident the run chase was achievable and while Trent White and Adam Matthews were in the middle the runs were coming quickly enough for the Tigers captain to expect his team to be close enough to make a challenge.
Matthews went after scoring just over 60 runs and White 45 runs, with the rest of the Tigers scorecard, thanks to Berryman bowling his little tweakers, looking a little sad.
“We had started very strong and so it was very disappointing,” Doherty admitted.
The Tigers captain usually looks for a positive, and, even though his team had lost heavily, he found it as Brothers went in and batted out the day.
“Justin Peacock is back near his best,” he said.
After conceding 100 runs in the first innings Peacock came back to take four Brothers scalps.
Also pleasing for Doherty was two of those wickets came from superb work in the field from Hayden Busk as he made two diving catches in the slip position.
“I think the whole team responded to those catches,” Doherty said conceding the Tigers fielding early in Brothers second turn at bat was almost as poor as the previous week.
Brothers top order batsman Ken Litschner was the recipient of Tigers fielding generosity as he went on to make a century after being granted two chances early in his knock.
Without facing a ball Litschner should have been run out and then shortly afterwards was dropped when he skied his shot.
Nevertheless the remainder of his innings was proof he is in good early season form.
Next weekend Brothers has the bye while Norths Tigers start a two-day game against Gracemere.