Norton double dose wins duel
CAPTAIN Ryan Norton produced a heavyweight double as Brothers claimed a crucial outright victory over YMCA in their Bundaberg under-16 clash on Saturday.
The dynamic all-rounder opened the batting in the penultimate-round, two-day showdown and put his stamp on the game with a blazing 104, setting up a winning total of 290.
He also took the new ball and claimed 4-11 from eight overs to be the main destroyer as YMCA battled bravely but was ultimately bundled out for 140.
Needing an outright to revive their grand final hopes, Brothers forced the follow-on.
They encountered stubborn resistance, but in the end bowled YMCA out a second time, for 94, with spinner Ryley Parter firing through the middle order with 4-31.
Jack Royan was outstanding in a beaten team, taking 5-67, while Jeremy Haaksma got runs in both innings, with 27 and 37.
After going into the round in third place, Brothers moved back to the top of the table on 98.48 points, relegating Across The Waves to second on 97.78 points despite that outfit’s good, albeit hard-fought, win over Country/Wests, which are on 87.91.
Brothers will meet ATW in a match starting this Saturday, the winner of which will probably decide the minor premiership.
The loser could miss the final if Country can defeat YMCA outright, and that will be the team’s aim.
In ATW’s duel with Country, “master blaster” Matt Fulton was a match-winner despite falling three runs short of another century, but Nick Lindsay also cut loose with an unbeaten 87 in a total of 8-291.
Country staged a good run chase but in the end fell 61 runs short despite a classy 69 by all-rounder William Holloway.
Clayton Donovan was the bowling hero for ATW with 4-46.
There were also two good battles in under-12, with YMCA holding on for a one-run victory over Brothers Blue in their top-of-the-table clash to also stake their claim for the minor premiership.
Brothers Blue is just 4.04 points in front of third-placed ATW, which held on for a six-run win over a valiant Brothers White.
Joe Williams scored a game-high unbeaten 17 for YMCA, while Brady Thompson was the only multiple-wicket-taker in the game with 2-6.
Brothers White duo Hayden Pfingst and Kieran Wallwork were the highest scorers in their match, with 44 and an unbeaten 41 respectively, but Callum Neubecker led the ATW charge with an unbeaten 36 and a frugal 1-9. Kodey Sarnadsky was also a key man with 24 and 1-18.