The latest Brothers recruit Mitch Sartori
The latest Brothers recruit Mitch Sartori

Sartori to the rescue

CRICKET: Brothers may just have found what they were looking for.

In the absence of Boyd Williams and now Mick Warden, the long-time premiers were missing a certain strike power - but a gift from the Apple Isle may have them back on track.

Mitch Sartori, originally from Shepparton, Victoria, moved to Bundaberg two weeks ago from Launceston, where he studied at the Australian Maritime College.

On touching down it did not take long for him to find his feet, claiming 4-30 on Saturday against rivals Across The Waves.

But the scary thing is that Sartori is more of a batsman than a bowler.

He only made 15 on the weekend, but showed signs he could be Brothers' new danger man.

The newcomer, who ripped through Waves' middle order with the help of Mick Warden (3-29), played first grade in the North Tasmanian Cricket Association before the move to Bundaberg.

He was also an integral member of his region in Melbourne Country Week (similar to last weekend's Schaeffer Shield) before he left.

“It's always good to perform early, and it helps to establish you at the club and make some mates,” Sartori, who also plays AFL, said.

“I'm pretty keen to keep contributing and win that premiership in my first season.”

Captain David Boge was not getting carried away with the 23-year-old's arrival, but was pleased to have him in the ranks.

“He'll fill a bit of a void we seem to have this year, and he bowled all right,” Boge said.

The cricket pedigree is certainly in the family, and coincidentally outgoing team mate Mick Warden could vouch for it.

Sartori's father, Ian, played Australian Country cricket championships for Victoria against the Brothers veteran more than 25 years ago, and both men were selected in the Australian Country side.

He will have to watch from the sheds when play restarts today, but the right-handed all-rounder will get another chance to impress with the ball when Waves have their second dig.

Four more wickets from the recruit would all but guarantee an outright victory - a result that would distance them from last-placed Country Wests as the News- Mail Cup approaches.



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