BIG KNOCK: Emerald Brothers’ batsman Nick Donovan paddles one away during Saturday’s Central Highlands cricket clash against cross-town rivals, Emerald Magpies.
BIG KNOCK: Emerald Brothers’ batsman Nick Donovan paddles one away during Saturday’s Central Highlands cricket clash against cross-town rivals, Emerald Magpies. Sam Woods Emecric

Cross-town rivals go head-to-head in low scoring encounter

ROUND 11 of the Central Highlands senior cricket competition saw the two Emerald teams - the Magpies and Brothers - square up at Epic All Sports Oval.

The Magpies won the toss and sent the Brothers in to bat on a pitch that didn't yield easy runs, striking early with the wicket of Joey Pratt who went for a duck.

Fellow opener Eranda Perera continued at the crease to make 20.

Cameron Keene was the best with the willow for the Brothers, making 41 as the team's middle order failed to put up much of a fight.

Coming in at eleventh, Jamie Iker boosted the Brothers' total with a quick-fire 32 which included four boundaries and one six, until he was bowled out by Damon Gale. The Brothers finished all out for 149.

The best with ball in the Magpies' ranks was Jullian Curro who took 3/9 off eight overs. Nev Suell, Zac Bills and Nick Winen all took two wickets each.

Magpies' spokesman Robert Gale said it was a good close game.

"The Brothers took a fair while to get going and didn't get too many runs. It was never a huge total," he said.

But despite the modest total, Gale said the Magpies still found themselves behind.

"The Magpies plugged away steadily but we were lagging behind," he said.

"Al (Debank) got us up in contention."

Jamie Smith fell one run short of a half century, hitting around the ground in a knock that included seven boundaries.

The Brothers' Jamie Iker, 3/30 off eight overs, was damaging with the ball, taking the wickets off the top order as the Magpies found themselves 4/57.

But with reasonable totals from captain Nev Suell, 21, Shaun Parter, 24, and Al Debank, 19, the Magpies reached the target with three overs to spare.


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