Battles on for big game positions

BROTHERS will need three wickets while Country/Wests need 94 runs when they play the Bundaberg Division 1 penultimate round two-day clash at Salter Oval tomorrow.

Country did very well to bowl the six-times defending premiers for a modest total of 178 last Saturday, but then struggled with the bat, collapsing to 7-85 by stumps.

If competition leaders Brothers win, they will take another step towards a 13th straight minor premiership, but if they lose, Across The Waves (ATW) is likely to be breathing down the Brothers necks going into a last-round showdown between the two traditional heavyweights.

The Brethren went into the game on 47.33 points, with Country second on 28.75, followed by ATW 27.06 and Norths 9.78.

With ATW almost certain to complete an outright victory over Norths, barring a wash-out, Country needs to win to keep their minor title hopes alive.

If Country loses, they will go into their last round match-up with Norths a long way behind and needing an outright win –and the other result to go their way to clinch a top-two finish.

The ever plucky Phil Proctor, who will resume on 26, holds the key to the team's hopes, although he will also need strong support from tail-enders Ben Burrows, John Lowe and Kyle Stallan.

Norths will resume in their second innings at 2-64, still trailing ATW's first innings of 5(declared)-241 by 107 runs.

Ricky Rochford will pick up the tabs on 28.



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