Brothers’ Jarrod Laycock bowls as Nathan Sarnadsky backs up for Across The Waves in their most recent clash.
Brothers’ Jarrod Laycock bowls as Nathan Sarnadsky backs up for Across The Waves in their most recent clash. Mike Knott

Brothers chase seven

BROTHERS will be chasing their seventh straight Division 1 NewsMail Cup title and their 12th victory in its 16-year history when they meet arch rivals Across The Waves at Salter Oval this Sunday.

But they have not beaten Waves this season and captain David Boge accepts that they are under-dogs.

"Our form has been fairly good in the last two months, so that should hold us in good stead, and if we bat well and bowl well, we are a good chance of knocking the top dogs off," Boge said.

"Last time against them we had no Josh Mclean and we didn't bowl and field well but we only lost by 30 runs. On paper, both teams are fairly even but they have beaten us in three games this year and hopefully we can turn the tables."

Waves will be without star keeper-batsman Curtis Janke and captain-coach David Jones said he would be missed and that he is "not overly confident".

"Brothers, with a full deck of cards, are as good as us and it's a 50/50 game - I think we are probably stronger in the bowling but they are probably stronger in the batting," Jones said.

"We have probably got a bit more variety but it could go either way. Previous form doesn't mean anything. Most times we have played them, they had players missing, but so have we.

"We have suffered a bit because in a lot of games this year, we have bowled first and knocked sides over for small totals, so there are not a lot in nick."

Sean Stuchbery is one who is in great touch after his brutal 113 off just 74 balls against Country last Saturday and he can be a match- winner with bat and ball.

"Sean can punish you if you don't bowl in the right areas. But Curtis is a huge loss because Brendan Prossliner usually bowls a few overs but will have to keep, although Matt Fulton is back and he'll compensate for not getting so many overs out of Prossy. And Matt Gavin is also back and they are quality players," Jones said.

"We've got a lot of batting but I hope it's not affected by rain."



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