Rayner awakens from his slumber
A TYPICALLY bruising innings from Brothers big-hitter Adam Rayner proved the difference on a day that yielded 17 wickets for only 396 runs.
Rayner belted 102 off 57 balls, guiding his side past Country Wests’ disappointing first innings of 182. His second 50 came off just 18 deliveries, nine of which were hit to or over the boundary.
Apart from Rayner only Peter Turich established an innings, stroking 46 at the top of the order. They finished the day at 7-214.
The centurion’s innings overshadowed Wests opener Scott Irwin’s knock earlier in the day — his lone-hand 98 at least gave his team something to defend.
It was David Boge who stopped Irwin just short of his ton, just as he did to Brendan Prossliner a week earlier.
Irwin could not remember the last time he had reached triple figures, but the ease at which he scored his runs made it look like he had been doing it week in, week out.
He had to see off surprise late inclusion Boyd Williams, who returned to the team for the first time this season.
Williams did not pick up a wicket in his first spell, but bowled with pace and accuracy that built pressure nonetheless.
Much like Brothers innings, it was only Irwin who made an impact on the scoresheet, with Phil Proctor’s 19 the next best despite perfect batting conditions.
“Both sides really only had that one score. I don’t think we’ve worked out how to play two-day cricket yet. There has been some ordinary batting,” Boge said.
He said his whole team were guilty of hitting the ball well, only to lose their wickets cheaply for no apparent reason.
“None of us are really firing and I’m not sure what the reason is, but no one is adapting to this form of cricket,” he said.
“We were under a bit of pressure there until Adam started hitting them. Anything could have happened.”
Boge helped himself to 4-38 from 10 overs, exposing a Wests batting order that was missing four regular first-graders.
Wests did their best to restrict Brothers in the field, Andrew Gear (2-32) got the ball to swing, as did Kyle Stallan, while Travis Henke and Ben Burrows each picked up a couple of wickets.
But they all felt the wrath of Rayner.