EYE ON THE BALL: Brothers batsman Luke Solano in action against The Waves on Saturday.
EYE ON THE BALL: Brothers batsman Luke Solano in action against The Waves on Saturday. Tahlia Stehbens

Brothers confident that premiership is within reach

CRICKET: Brothers insist they can still have a say about who wins this year's division-one title despite a loss on Saturday to The Waves.

The side lost to the NewsMail Cup winners by seven wickets at Salter Oval to remain in third heading into the finals.

The Brethren, batting first, made 207 from their 40 overs before The Waves made the runs with three overs to spare.

Brothers trio Nick Truloff, Simon Kelly and Luke Solano all made more than 40, with Michael Loader hitting 85 for The Waves.

"Our bowling and fielding wasn't good enough,” Brothers coach John Howard conceded after the match.

"We dropped Loader three times and he made us pay.

"Our batting was improved and there were good signs with that.”

But Howard said the end to the side's batting innings could have been better.

"We got ourselves into a good position and could have made 250 or 260,” he said.

"But we threw away our wickets and played poor shots.”

Howard said if the side could fix up those two areas they could match Norths and The Waves when the three sides face off in the finals later this month.

"After the weekend it is likely we'll face Norths in the semi-final, with The Waves in the final,” he said.

"I think we can put in a big show and put our front foot forward.

"The group is in good spirits and we definitely think we are a good chance of winning matches.”

In the other contest , Norths defeated Past Highs Combined Country by 65 runs after bowling out PHCC for 187 in reply to their total of 8/252. Norths batsman Kye Leggett top-scored with 80 runs.

The competition now takes a week off for the Bulls Masters game against Bundaberg on Saturday.