Cricket: Gracemeres' Todd Harmsworth against BITS.
Cricket: Gracemeres' Todd Harmsworth against BITS. Allan Reinikka ROK081016acricket

Brotherly banter brings about blistering innings

CRICKET: For five years, Gracemere Bulls batsman Todd Harmsworth has copped nothing but stick from his captain and brother Aaron.

Why? His older brother still has the bragging rights that come from scoring an A-grade century.

In fairness though, this season is his first back playing for the CQ club, he has spent five cricket seasons playing hockey in Scotland.

If his latest blistering innings of 86 off 68 is anything to go by, the bragging rights might be about to change hands.

JOB DONE: Todd Harmsworth after his match winning 86.
JOB DONE: Todd Harmsworth after his match winning 86. Matty Holdsworth

Right from the get-go in Saturday's Cap Challenge win over BITS CC, he knew he was in good nick.

"I started off just wanting some time in the middle,” Todd said post-match.

"Started really well for me, the first shot came straight out of the middle for six. Haven't done that before. It isn't what comes to mind first ball but it was there to be hit so I went for it.

"I was knocking them around everywhere, mostly through mid-off and cover.

"Aaron has given me plenty of grief for not scoring a ton but it will come. I was looking to put everything over the rope and got caught behind in the end.”

Cricket: Gracemeres' Todd Harmsworth against BITS.
Cricket: Gracemeres' Todd Harmsworth against BITS. Allan Reinikka ROK081016acricket

Despite sneaking in sly fist pump when his little bro was dismissed, Aaron admitted he did deserve to get the elusive century.

"It was good to see his maturity, he didn't play that many silly shots and knocked the ball around well,” he said.

"I was surprised. Usually he throws it away. He has always been a clean striker with a good eye, not the best technique but really good for a fast fifty.

"Though it was good to see him hitting the ball well hopefully I score a big one to keep the banter on my side.”



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