WHEN Emerald Brothers under-15 all-rounder Bailey Jackson combined with Binura Gunasinghe to put on close to 40 runs between them in their first innings stand against Emerald Magpies at the weekend, things looked to be running fairly smoothly.
Then along comes Magpies' middle-order batsman Damon Gale who blasted his way to 39 runs not out, pushing his team tally up and beyond the 96-run target set for them by Brothers.
By the time the Magpies were finished, the team total stood at a respectable 8/128 with Gale doing much of the damage.
Jake Bowyer might not have had the opportunity to bat for the Magpies, but he left the bowling crease with plenty to smile about after taking 2/10 from his three-over spell with the ball.
Josh Lewin was making good headway for Brothers before he was caught in front LBW by Bowyer for 11.
Brothers' bowler Aaron Brown certainly did his best to make a dent in the Magpies batting line-up.
The young marksman snared three wickets for the loss of just one run during his four-over spell. Jackson Millwood was also consistent with 0/8 from two overs for Brothers.
The Magpies will face a tough test this weekend when they take on Blackwater at home.
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