CRICKET: Brendan Dunbar has made a triumphant return to Rockhampton's A-grade cricket competition after a five-year absence.
He has teamed up with the new-look Capricorn Coast-Parkana outfit and top-scored in its win over reigning premiers Frenchville in the first game of the 2016-17 season last weekend.
He will be looking to continue his good form when Cap Coast meets Gracemere tomorrow at the Yeppoon Showgrounds.
Former Brothers' skipper Richie Pershouse has assumed the captaincy at Cap Coast and is excited about the season ahead, especially given the team's positive start.
"The boys hadn't beaten Frenchville in 10 years so it was good to get a win over them,” he said.
"As a team, we're just looking to improve on where we were and be competitive. I think that's the biggest goal at the start of the season and, after the first game, we've shown we can match it with the likes of Frenchville.
"We've got a few blokes who know how to win and hopefully we can get a few more victories this year.”
Frenchville batted first and finished their innings on 8-181. Cap Coast reeled in their score with six wickets down, with eight balls spare.
Dunbar scored 47 and was well supported by Dan Isles with 22. Isles was also good with the ball, taking two wickets.
Pershouse said Cap Coast would have to play well to win against a well-balanced Gracemere side.
"You have to do everything well against them. You have to bowl well to restrict their big names so we will be looking to bowl nice and tight and to our field,” he said.
Gracemere captain Aaron Harmsworth said his boys were keen to go, in what he expects to be a closely contested competition this season.
While the nucleus of the team remained the same, Harmsworth said there were some younger players joining the ranks who would bring some real energy and enthusiasm.
"It's no so much about winning this weekend; it's about putting some things in place to build on for the rest of the year,” he said.
"Cap Coast now has a lot of experience and no doubt they will do well. We just need to be confident, aggressive and energetic in the way we play.”
Harmsworth said all-rounder Justin Peacock would again be Gracemere's "trump card”.
"He can bat, bowl and field. He's arguably the best fieldsman in the comp, the best spinner in Rockhampton and he can certainly win a game with the bat as well,” he said.
"Ben Milne will also be a key player for us this season.
"He's the quickest bowler in Rocky and hopefully he can put in a full season. He only played the back end of last season and was still up there with the leading wicket takers.
"He will be one of our main weapons if he stays fit.”