Boge riled by criticism of tactics

BROTHERS Division 1 captain David Boge has rejected NewsMail columnist Robert Edgar's criticism that he had been “ruthless” and “demoralised” opponents Norths in their recent two-day clash.

Edgar was critical of the way the game was handled when he wrote his regular On The Sidelines column in Saturday's paper.

Norths won the toss and were bowled out for 25 before Brothers reached 5-311 by stumps.

Brothers had planned to bat on on day two with a maximum of 24 overs remaining, but after morning rain and with more rain seemingly imminent, Boge declared and sent Norths back into bat from the restart of play, and they capitulated a second time for 29.

Boge rejected Edgar's view he had ruthlessly demoralised his opponents.

“I opened the bowling with my wicket-keeper (Jarrod Laycock), who has not bowled a single delivery this entire season,” Boge said.

“I did not have the likes of Boyd Williams or Mick Warden bowling fast and intimidating the batsmen, and the game was played in a most sportsmanlike manner, with plenty of laughs and friendly banter.

“Alistair Rathbone, who opened the bowling in the second innings, had not bowled a single delivery this season in a game situation or even at training.”

Boge said he had utmost respect for Norths captain Mick Ryan, who played with him in the Bundaberg Invitational side, which he captained against the Australian Cricketers Association Masters All Stars in November.

He said he also admired the Norths players for sticking it out through what was always going to be a tough season in their return to top grade.

“I, along with many Norths players, who discussed the issue with me last Saturday, have the opinion that it would have been much more demoralising to have tried to finish the two-day game in less than one day,” Boge said.

“The Norths players said they knew and realised what they signed up for at the start of the season and pointed out they are not playing under-12s cricket.

“If I had been a little too harsh and points made by Robbie had some weight, I would be the first person to accept the article and take any criticism on the chin.

“I truthfully believe most points made are incorrect and in fact are a long way off the mark.”

Boge said he understood captaining a Division 1 side meant opening himself to criticism, but he did not feel it was warranted in this case.

“I feel it was at times personal and did not need to go in this direction, and it disappoints me that my wife was asked by a number of parents from the school where we are both employed if she had read the article and what we thought of it,” he said.

“Maybe the article would have been accurate if he was actually at the game he commented upon.”

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