Brothers' David Richardson.
Brothers' David Richardson. David Nielsen

'Bat us into the lead'

BROTHERS skipper David Richardson has called on his top order to take control of the contest should they get a chance to bat tomorrow at Mark Marsh Oval.

Brothers travel to take on Centrals in round two of the IWMCA first division two-day competition.

Richardson said the team's bowling stocks are already a known commodity, and thus it is up to the likes of Michael Ridgewell, Mitchell Weatherhead and Luke Dixon to "set the foundations” early against last season's champions.

"Our bats at the top need to fire,” the captain said.

"If we can put a good score on - put up something around 250 on the scoreboard, we will win most games.

"If our top order can set the platform and bat for a period of time in the heat, then our lower order has a chance to cash in.”

Richardson labelled the Mark Marsh pitch as "an excellent batting wicket”, and predicted whoever won the toss would send themselves in to bat first.

With Centrals fielding a vastly different side to the one which defeated Laidley in the two-day final last season, the Brothers skipper said it was important not to take the hosts for granted.

"When you've been playing in Ipswich for 10-plus years, you get to know the teams pretty well,” Richardson said.

"But they surprised us in that (Harding-Madsen Shield) one-dayer - they had some bowlers we hadn't seen before and rolled us pretty cheaply.

"You'd have thought on paper we would have taken control of that game, but they beat us quite easily.

"Centrals very nearly beat Laidley (in the opening round) so we know they'll be tough to beat.”

Regardless of whether his side is forced to bat or field tomorrow, Richardson said it was important to get on top early.

"With only five games, if you drop one early you'll struggle to come back to the pack,” he said.

"The competition is very evenly poised, there are a lot of teams that are more suited to two-day cricket - I know we are.

"I said to our guys (before the round one win over Redbacks) if we drop that game it's a long road back.

"Knowing we have that win, and if we can get one or two more in a row we'll be pretty well positioned.”