Broth­ers bol­ster at­tack

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

THE re­in­force­ments have ar­rived for Broth­ers ahead of their cru­cial clash with Saints.

Strike bowler Justin Rawl­ins will play his first Townsville Cricket game for Broth­ers this year af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a ham­string in­jury and young Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bren­dan Haylett re­turns to club duty from the Aus­tralian Un­der- 17 cham­pi­onships.

Top or­der bats­man Cooper Guest will not be avail­able for the Brethren, but cap­tain Reece Dana­her said every­thing was in place for his side to give Saints a run for their money.

Saints en­dured a win­less start to the sea­son in their first two games, but re­dis­cov­ered their mojo last week­end, beat­ing Norths by seven wick­ets.

Adding to the im­por­tance of to­day’s fix­ture is the fact Townsville Cricket will have a two- week break from next week­end be­cause of rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­tures.

“It’s a really big week­end for ev­ery­one,” Dana­her said.

“We and Saints have usu­ally bat­tled it out for that third and last fi­nals spot in the past few years, and right now they’re a lit­tle bit ahead of us.

“But it’s a really con­gested com­pe­ti­tion at the mo­ment.

“This is a big game for us if we want to bounce back.”

Broth­ers suf­fered a 30- run loss to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sub­ur­ban Parks last week, de­spite bowl­ing out Subs for 196.

Rawl­ins will add fur­ther strike power to a Broth­ers at­tack that fea­tured im­pres­sive spells from Her­bie Heuir ( 3/ 18) and Heath O’Brien ( 3/ 38).

Mean­while, Wests will get the big­gest test of their un­beaten start to the sea­son when they host Sub Parks at Cutheringa Park. Norths and Wan­der­ers play the round’s other game at En­deav­our Park.

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