Brothers hush any talk of demise
DAVID Boge and Mick Warden showed they have still got it and Brothers hushed any talk of a demise as they surged to a commanding lead over Across The Waves in Saturday's two-day match.
Playing in what may have been his last match for Brothers, pace king Mick Warden claimed three wickets as his side limited Across The Waves to 104 runs in their opening innings.
Then, with his side facing a batting collapse, captain David Boge delivered a masterful innings, scoring 82 runs to guide his team to 9-204 at the close of play.
“I guess experience pays and it showed out there,” Boge said.
“I've played a fair bit of two-day cricket in the past and I guess I knew that we didn't need to score our runs in a hurry.”
BOGE came to the crease as Brothers were staring down another embarrassing batting collapse.
Despite the loss of two early wickets at the start of his innings, Boge was able to steer his team through to a solid lead.
“We were staring down a pretty bad total there but it's a credit to the guys that we were able to end up in the position we did,” Boge said.
Boge hoped tailenders Dean Kronk and Ashley Williams could add another 50 runs before sending Across The Waves out for their second innings.
The Waves side will be boosted by the return of Zac Keune, Chris Duff, and Liam Denning who were on representative duty this week.
While Brothers will see the return of Jarrod Laycock, who was also representing Wide Bay in the Schaeffer Shield in Toowoomba.
“An outright victory is pretty important, if you have a few games where you get maximum points you are almost certainly going to make the NewsMail Cup in December,” he said.
Brothers will have to play next week without veteran bowler Mick Warden, who may have played his last game for Brothers.
A longtime favourite son of Brothers, Warden is opening a new business in Gladstone and will not be available for any matches until at least December.
“We're really not sure if that was his last game or if he will come back and play at some point,” Boge said.
“He may come back and play after December but he won't be in finals contention.”