Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Milestone Looms for Brothers Spin Whiz; Richardson Points to Indian Import as Catalyst for Future Club Success

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Milestone Looms for Brothers Spin Whiz; Richardson Points to Indian Import as Catalyst for Future Club Success

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Byline: Jay Buchan jay.buchan@qt.com.au

IF THE rain eases up long enough for Brothers to get on against Northsiders today, it will mark a milestone for David Richardson.

The Brothers spin bowler is scheduled to play his 150th game for Brothers.

Apart from two seasons with Central Districts in the late 1990s, Richardson has spent 15 years with the Brethren.

He admits his enthusiasm had started to wane in recent seasons, but he may have found a remedy in BrothersCO Indian import Mukesh Sharma.

C[pounds sterling]ThereCOs a good vibe around the club,C[yen] Richardson said.

C[pounds sterling]We worked really hard to get our import here.

C[pounds sterling]Then after all the immigration dramas, itCOs really given the club a lift.C[yen]

Sharma scored 94 not out and took six wickets in his debut in reserve grade for the club last round and is set to make his Premier League debut today. C[pounds sterling]HeCOs a quiet lad but heCOs above our level with the way he approaches things,C[yen] Richardson said.

C[pounds sterling]Back home heCOs a full-time cricketer.C[yen]

Sharma has committed to this season and next with Brothers, which has Richardson enthusiastic with the hope that Brothers can again compete for titles.

C[pounds sterling]We definitely need some help and direction to guide the batters,C[yen] Richardson said.

C[pounds sterling]Especially with the juniors.

C[pounds sterling]That gets me excited, and that weCOll be in contention for finals cricket.

C[pounds sterling]My passion was probably down, which is why we needed to do something this year.C[yen]

Richardson is confident Sharma can make the difference and elevate Brothers from possible semi-finalists to serious title contenders.

C[pounds sterling]Not getting too far ahead of myself, but ICOd say yes (he will make that difference),C[yen] Richardson said. …

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