CRICKET SEA­SON BE­GINS

Lay­cock stars for the Brethren

NewsMail - - SPORT - Shane Jones shane.jones@news-mail.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

LINE UP: Jar­rod Lay­cock pre­pares to hit a for­ward de­fence shot for Brothers in the Di­vi­sion 1 game.

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