DOWN in numbers but not in determination, the Emerald Brothers under-15 team fought hard against Blackwater in the last game before the Christmas break.
Brothers travelled to Blackwater on Saturday with just eight players and were grateful to Luke Abraham from their U12 team for putting up his hand to play.
They also accepted help from the Blackwater team who provided them a fielder so they could play with near-full numbers.
Brothers won the toss and sent Blackwater into bat first.
Blackwater welcomed back Darcy McKenzie who made 40 not out alongside Reece Williams who top-scored with a knock of 41 not out.
Max Napper and Jack Brennan also made 20 apiece not out as Blackwater found the going easy and ended its innings on 4/147.
Best bowling figures for Brothers went to Aaron Brown who made 2/6 off four overs including a maiden, as wickets also went to Flora Cassidy and Jackson Millwood with special mention to Cory Butler and Cahil Monteith who bowled tight, clean overs.
Brothers fielded well with catches going to Nick Stallard, Cory Butler and Luke Abraham.
As Brothers came on to bat, the pressure was on and increased as the top order were out for low scores, but captain Brown stepped up to the mark and delivered with a nail-biting half century not out.
Needing six to reach his 50, Aaron survived intense Blackwater pressure and made enough singles to reach the milestone with Cassidy keeping a cool head at the other end of the pitch.
With his team cheering Aaron on from the boundary, he hit the last ball of the day for a single, allowing him to claim bragging rights in the sheds as the highest run-scorer of the match.
Brothers finished their 30 overs 7/107, 40 runs short of the Blackwater total and two players down.
Meanwhile at Rundle Park in Emerald, the U15 Clermont side had a convincing win against home side Magpies on Saturday.
Clermont's Calin Schrader had the best bowling figures for the day, taking 2/4 off two overs to help bowl out the Magpies all out for 53.
The visitors achieved 6/114 before sending the home side in to bat. The Magpies' Damon Gale top-scored with a solid 22-run knock.
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