10 March, 2021
Brothers cruise to win at local derby
Brothers hosted Magpies at the Emerald Showgrounds
By Lyn Brown
LOCAL cricket teams geared up over the weekend to take each other on in a local derby.
With junior representative cricket last weekend, this weekend was left to the Seniors who played in the CHCI competition.
In the always anticipated local derby, Emerald Brothers hosted the Emerald Magpies at the local showgrounds.
Magpies won the toss and elected to bat.
The field was pristine, and it would seem the pitch had some unexpected turn to offer, making spin bowling the order of the day.
Magpies saw their 40 overs out, losing their last wicket on the last ball to end on 107.
Zac Moore top-scored for Magpies on 23 with Quinn Rayner chipping in a handy 19.
Three wickets a-piece went to spinners Rob O’Keeffe (3/27) and Mitch Casey (3/16), and Chirag Mitra also took two wickets for just 12 runs from his 6 overs.
Catches were the order of the day with six dismissals out caught and two stumpings.
It was a great all-round performance with the ball, and the bowlers and keepers were rewarded for their efforts by being given the unusual task of opening the batting.
All did their job with relative ease with Mitra top-scoring on 20.
Brothers reached their target in the thirty-first over.
Brothers have a bye this weekend and are excited to be hosting their tenth Pink Stumps Day – a McGrath Foundation fundraiser.
A T20 match will commence at 1pm at the Showgrounds and general admission is free.
The bar and canteen will be operating.
In a chance to give back to the community who support the Club, the two teams will be captained by Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes and Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar MP.
Come on out to the grounds and see what other local personalities might be padding up.
Don’t forget to wear pink and bring spare cash for loads of raffles and auctions including Glen McGrath signed pink caps.