The Mighty Quinn leads the attack
A THREE-wicket haul from unheralded veteran Tony Quinn has put Country Wests on the cusp of an upset victory over Brothers in the Bundaberg Cricket Association Division one premiership.
Quinn claimed the valuable wickets of Boyd Williams, Peter Turich and Jarrod Laycock, as Brothers competition-leading batting attack was bowled out of just 146 runs.
“You could not really fault anyone out there, everyone was playing well,” said captain Mat Fleming, who has his best chance of the season to claim a win in the two-day matches.
The captain performed strongly in the win, claiming three wickets including the prized scalp of opener Josh Nugent, who was surging on 43 runs.
But it was Quinn who was the shock hero of Country Wests first innings.
Resigned to the second-division team most of the season because of work commitments, Quinn made the most out of a rare outing in the first division team.
Opening the bowling for Country Wests Quinn destroyed Brothers top-order and set-up the opening innings collapse.
Williams was the first victim of Quinn’s bowling, caught behind for just 12 runs.
Then he bowled Turich out for a duck and Laycock on just five runs.
With his side at 3-28 captain David Boge was able to stabilise the innings, forming a 60-run partnership with opener Josh Nugent before he was caught out off a Andrew Gear delivery.
From there, Brothers innings continued to fall apart with Adam Rayner, Chris Powell, Eddie Butcher and Michael Lovett failing to reach double digits with the bat.
A strong innings from Ashley Williams (29 not out) helped bring Brothers total to 146 before Country Wests came in to bat.
With victory in sight, Country Wests were unable to capitalise late in the afternoon, dropping four wickets before a controversial end of play.
Boge and Butcher claimed a pair of wickets each in the afternoon as Country Wests finished on 4-90.
The day ended prematurely when the umpire decided to call stumps after the allotted 85 overs instead of playing-on in the afternoon.
A first-innings win is still well within the reach of Country Wests this Saturday.