CRICKET SEASON BEGINS
Laycock stars for the Brethren
CRICKET: It’s like Jarrod Laycock never left the game.
Returning after a year off, the former Brothers captain helped the Division 1 side set a respectable score against The Waves on the opening day of the season.
Laycock combined with Jamie Solano (95) for a 185-run stand to guide Brothers to 289 in the two-day match after being 4-42 at one stage.
The top-order batsmen made 107, his first century since 2013 in the old Fraser Coast/Bundaberg competition.
“It wasn’t bad, good to get going again,” a modest Laycock said.
“I still felt a little bit green though.
“I’m still getting back to the rhythm of playing again.”
Laycock said his job was made easier with Solano at the crease.
“He batted really well,” he said.
“It was a really good partnership and got us out of trouble.”
So why did Laycock come back to play?
“I missed the game a little bit, not playing last year,” he said.
“I also wanted to get Brothers back on top this year after seeing them not make the final last year.”
Laycock believes the total from Brothers is good enough to stop The Waves.
“It’s about par with the good batters The Waves have,” he said.
“If our bowlers bowl well and tight it should be good enough.”
The Waves captain Luke Owen said Laycock batted well but wasn’t too concerned about the total.
“It’s an average score on a wicket that looked pretty flat,” he said.
“We can bat all the way down to 11, so as long as we bat well we can get the runs.”
Owen said the bowlers delivered as well on a tough wicket.
“Mitch Waters was one of our best and bowled well in long spells,” he said.
“It was good to get some overs into our younger players as well.”
The Waves will resume at 0-1 next week and will have five hours to chase down the 289 runs for victory.
LINE UP: Jarrod Laycock prepares to hit a forward defence shot for Brothers in the Division 1 game.