Rayner leads the way for Brothers
ADAM Rayner beat the Bundaberg Cricket Association judiciary — then vented his frustrations on Across The Waves (ATW) in one of the best innings by a Bundaberg batsman this year.
But like everything about the Brothers win in the 2009 NewsMail Cup grand final, it was not without drama.
It appeared Brothers would be without its most destructive batsmen when Rayner was suspended for two weeks at a judiciary hearing on Friday night for dissent during a Country Wests two-day match.
But the ban was overturned at an appeal just hours before the first ball was bowled and Rayner was given the green light to contest the final.
Instead of serving a two-week ban, Rayner will be on an eight-week suspended sentence until the end of the 2011 season.
If he continues to play the way he did on Saturday afternoon, he should have no reason to talk to the umpires.
Instead Rayner let his bat do the talking, smashing 10 sixes and four fours on his way to scoring a century off just 60 balls.
“He was a bit slow, scoring a hundred off 60, he usually does it in about 30,” a relieved captain David Boge said yesterday.
“He was a good guy to have out there.”
It was the lone century scored on the first day of the final, with batsmen from either team struggling on the main pitch at Salter Oval.
The first day was especially rough for ATW, who were bowled out for just 52 runs after being sent out to bat first.
“I think that was the difference really,” Boge said.
“They batted poorly.
“We bowled a good innings, but I think there was just a lack of patience on their part that helped us to win.”
“I think everyone really chipped in, Boyd (Williams) bowled well and Allistair Rathbone had a really good innings (yesterday).”
ATW were able to chase down Brothers lead yesterday, but were only able to gain a 13-run lead.
That sealed the victory for Brothers, who lost three wickets on their way to picking up the win.