Borthwick firing down a thunderbolt.
Borthwick firing down a thunderbolt. Matty Holdsworth

High fives for Borthwick

LEFT arm fast bowler Brenton Borthwick had a day he will never forget when he picked up five crucial scalps at the weekend.

Borthwick ripped through the Emerald Magpies top order and ended the day with impressive figures of 5-35 from his six overs.

The plan of attack was to target the off stump and swing the ball into the right-handers.

Thanks to hard yards put in at the nets, that plan rewarded the paceman with his best ever figures.

"I am very happy. Everything was all good today," 26-year-old Borthwick said.

"My rhythm and run-up was spot on for a change, which really helped me. The plan was to bowl on off-stump and get some movement in, and it really worked.

"I have never taken five in a match before in 10 years of cricket, so I am stoked with that.

"I might have to stay away from the bowling now so my figures don't get hurt."

Borthwick hails from Whyalla in South Australia and came to the town for work in 2013. He has been at the Bilbies since then.

Work restrictions did not allow the bowler to lace up the whites for as many games as he liked last season, but he looks set to play an integral role now.

"Down back home I used to open the bowling, but I never managed a day like today," he said.

"I bowled with much more control, which was great.

"I got three clean bowled, two on middle stump and one on leg. My inswingers were really on the money.

"I didn't get to play too much last year, so it's great to get off to a flyer now. Hopefully the best is yet to come for the Bilbies."

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