Good cricket karma delivers Brothers skipper 7-wicket haul
FUNNY game, cricket.
After producing the best bowling performance in Mackay cricket’s top three senior grades this season, Brothers captain Matthew Wicks could only laugh.
The scorecard read 7/17 from eight overs; Wicks single-handedly tore Souths’ line-up to shreds at the weekend, to keep Brothers atop the DBCT Poole Cup standings heading into the Christmas break.
The pace ace claimed two scalps in his first spell, before returning to dismiss Souths danger man Shaun Austin with the first ball of his second spell.
From there it was all one-way traffic, as young seamer Jack Dwyer dismissed Shane Stuart before Wicks removed Souths’ final four bats in short order.
Despite the stellar seven-wicket haul, Wicks was quick to set the record straight – his was simply “one of those days where everything goes right”.
“Cricket is a strange game. You can have days where you bowl well and don’t get much of a reward. Against Walkerston I thought I bowled quite well, yet only got a wicket with my last ball,” the skipper said.
“It’s the same as when you get a favourable decision while batting. You have to take the good with the bad.
“I was happy to have it go my way for a change. I haven’t really had a big bag in the Poole Cup this year (until now).”
Wicks’ banking of cricket karma proved crucial to Brothers’ success in the end, as the blue and white toed the line between bonus point and bust against Souths.
Needing 155 for victory, Brothers raced to the total inside 32 overs – but the chase was not without its hiccups.
“We were cruising along at the halfway point and decided to get a little more aggressive after drinks trying to chase the bonus point,” Wicks said.
“We took a few more risks and it nearly didn’t pay off for us – it got a bit closer than we would have liked.”
Brothers reached the target with two wickets to spare, but did manage to secure the bonus point, leaving them one point clear of Walkerston atop the DBCT Poole Cup standings.
“Once you hit the top of the table you have to make sure you do everything you can to stay there,” Wicks said.
“That bonus point was pretty important in the grand scheme of things.”
With the Poole Cup campaign now on hiatus until next year, Brothers’ attention turns to the T20 Shootout and a make-or-break weekend against finals rivals Norths and Magpies.
“We have a big week coming up, against Norths and Magpies. If we don’t win these games we’re probably not there at the end of the season,” Wicks said.
“If we can get through this weekend with some good results, we should be there at the business end.”