TAKING RESPONSIBILITY: Brothers opening batsman Matt Shallcross gives his best against Gracemere.
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY: Brothers opening batsman Matt Shallcross gives his best against Gracemere. Mike Richards

Brothers tumble to Gracemere on wet track

BROTHERS' opener Matt Shallcross was the only resistance against Gracemere on Saturday in a disappointing performance on a wet wicket.

Both teams wore black arm bands and observed a minute's silence as a mark of respect for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died last Thursday.

Gracemere won the toss and sent Brothers into bat and quickly made inroads.

Shallcross said the pitch was soft and the ball jagged around a lot

"We can't blame the pitch, we need to take responsibility for a lot of the shots that got us out today," he said.

"I got to 30 and needed to have a big day but I got out just before drinks, leaving us 6-60."

Terry Sawyer scored 13 and was the only other batsmen to get to double figures as they were all out for 84 after 24 overs.

Brothers needed early wickets to give them a chance to win with the pitch improving as the match went on.

But Gracemere was too strong and didn't lose a wicket on their way to 85 off 18 overs.

SCORES:

  • Brothers - 84
  • Matt Shallcross - 30
  • Terry Sawyer - 13
  • Justin Peacock - 3-10
  • Andrew Johnstone - 2-9
  • Gracemere 0-85
  • Luke Johnstone - 41 not out
  • Mark O'Keeffe - 33 not out