BACK ON TOP: Brothers won the 2014 NewsMail Cup over Across The Waves at Salter Oval. Photo: Ben Turnbull / NewsMail
BACK ON TOP: Brothers won the 2014 NewsMail Cup over Across The Waves at Salter Oval. Photo: Ben Turnbull / NewsMail Ben Turnbull

Saunders shines when needed the most

TEENAGE batting sensation Joel Saunders saved his best batting performance of the season for when it counted with a match-defining 82 in Brothers' total of 7-216 to defeat Across The Waves by 27 runs in the NewsMail Cup grand final.

Saunders has enjoyed the season so far and has amassed 305 runs with weekend's score his best of the season.

In past seasons Brothers have struggled with the bat in finals and it was important for the pre-game favourites to get off to a good start, and when Saunders and Matt Turich combined for an opening stand of 89 a good total was on offer.

As wickets fell around him Saunders stayed calm and built his innings - over 132 deliveries he faced he guided the ball to most parts of the ground and his total was made of well-timed singles, good running and powerful strokes when the ATW bowlers strayed from their line and length.

Laycock scored 23 runs and his intentions were obvious from the start of his 11-ball innings, when he punished ATW captain Sean Stuchbery for 20 runs in an over (three sixes and a two) the team's chances were boosted in a few balls.

Wickets fell quickly and cheaply at the end of the innings but on a slow outfield the 216 was worth a few more.

Boge said the win was the bet he had in a few years and there was a group of a few players who made the difference.

"Really happy with that, to get 220 like we did and to defend it - I was a bit dubious whether it was enough - it was one of our sweetest victories we've had in a few years," Boge said.

"Joel Saunders batted really well for us and he batted nearly through the innings with 83, everybody else contributed so it was a good all-round team commitment.

"Credit to ATW because they battled hard and got pretty close in the end. Matt Turich bowled really well, so did Deon Mann and Eddie Butcher so there was a fair few contributors there."

Stuchbery praised the way Brothers played in the game he said his team was not good enough on the day.

For ATW, too many wickets were lost early in the innings, Luke Owen was out for a duck in the second over while Brendan Prossliner (27) and Tim McIntosh (1) were dismissed with the score on 58 and 65.

ATW can take heart from the fact Prossliner and McIntosh were not out playing rash shots, they dismissed by good catching. Firstly Turich took a low-down chance of Mann to remove Prossliner before Butcher took a sharp chance to get McIntosh out.

Callum Stitt was the best for ATW with 33 while Dean Krebs did the damage for Brothers with 4-26.