Country Wests Steve Nicholls narrowly misses a return from the outfield.
Country Wests Steve Nicholls narrowly misses a return from the outfield. Rob Barich

Country Wests poised to end dream

THEY may be out of two-day final contention but if Country Wests are able to knock off the remaining 56 runs to defeat Brothers tomorrow, it will at least give them something to celebrate over the Christmas break.

They sit at 4-90 in pursuit of Brothers’ below-par 146.

With captain Mat Fleming and young gun Dan Faulkner at the crease, the win is well within their sights but Brothers will give themselves every chance of claiming an unlikely victory.

Brothers all-rounder Mitch Sartori returns this week and will form a vital partnership with Alistair Rathbone as they search for early cheap wickets.

Wests skipper Mat Fleming hopes his side can inflict Brothers’ first loss in the two-day format and take momentum into next year’s one-day series. “It’s a good chance to bat all morning and win well, I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

Brothers captain David Boge will be out of action this week, leaving a big hole in the Brothers attack.

Senior players Adam Rayner and Jarrod Laycock will be among the troops to step up but Boge’s off-spin will be missed in a side already struggling for bowling stocks. Boge was still seething after the game was stopped prematurely last week.

At 4-90, another wicket may have swung the momentum in Brothers’ favour. Instead, Wests will start tomorrow clear favourites to take the points.



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