Brotherly love at the crease for Wetherby’s pair of centurions

NAWN 1506163AM2 Brothers Tom and Josh Wilson who celebrate both getting centuries.(1506163AM2)
NAWN 1506163AM2 Brothers Tom and Josh Wilson who celebrate both getting centuries.(1506163AM2)

Brothers Tom and Josh Wilson were inseparable on Saturday afternoon as they hit their way to a record unbroken partnership.

The pair, who play for Wetherby Cricket Club, both recorded their first centuries as they shared a club record opening stand for Division Four of 253.

The Wilson brothers came off the field to a raucous ovation at Long Marston both carried their bats throughout the 45 overs.

Elder brother Tom, 20, topscored with an unbeaten 136, with 17-year-old Josh just behind on 104.

Josh also took a wicket and a catch as the Grange Park side won by 106 runs.

“It’s very special, especially to do it with my brother,” said Josh.

“Everyone was surprised. No one could quite believe we had done it.”

Wetherby believe the stand was the highest by a pair of brothers in Wetherby League history.

However, the duo fell agonisingly short of breaking the 28-year-old Division Four record of 254, held by Crossgates duo D Allaway and P Britton.

Josh’s highest score before Saturday’s match had been 65, however he has hit form in 2015 with more than 250 runs and 17 wickets already this season.

He added: “We knew it was going to be something special when we both got to 100.

“The team were so proud of it. They have never seen anything like it before.”

Tom and Josh’s mum Fiona watched on as her sons tore the Long Marston attack apart.

“The atmosphere was electric,” she said.

“When they both made their 50s it was fantastic, but then when they got their centuries it was even better.

“I was extremely proud to watch them do it.”

The brothers’ dad Kevin added: “We are chuffed to bits, as are all the family.

“They haven’t stopped talking about it and they have checked up on all the history and it was very close to a record.

“It was a tremendous achievement.”

The innings was even more important as it took Wetherby above Long Marston into third place in Division Four.

The squad will be Wetherby’s only representation in the Wetherby League next season, with the Grange Park club’s first team set to join the York Senior League.