Frenchville on track for impressive performance



FRENCHVILLE A grade allrounder Liam Kelly farewelled his playing days in Rockhampton in style at Jardine Park on Saturday.

Batting in the middle order, Kelly amassed 60 runs to help guide Frenchville to an impressive first innings total of 5/200 in their Southern Star Sports Shield round six clash with Bluebirds.

He was well supported by his skipper, Todd Wells, who also posted 60 runs as the pair put on a 69-run partnership.

Kelly moves to Brisbane with his family this week.

The young all-rounder, a Queensland Country under-19 representative this season, will join the Beenleigh-Logan club.

Wells said he thought Kelly would have a "good crack'' at his cricket in Brisbane.

Frenchville won the toss on Saturday and did not hesitate, opt-ing to bat.

Not only will they be without Kelly for the second day's play this Saturday, but they are also without their Queensland Country representative Sean Toovey, who has cricket commitments in Brisbane.

"There wasn't a decision to be made at the toss,'' said Wells, considering his depleted batting ranks and the heat.

Frenchville still have five overs to face this Saturday with Wells hoping to add a further 20 to 30 runs before the Bluebirds start their run chase.

Jason Wells comes into the Frenchville team this weekend along with a second grade player.

In the other games, Gracemere welcomed a hamstring injury to Brothers spearhead Scott Mansfield.

The competition's leading wicket taker was sidelined from bowling duties after taking an impressive 4/34 (17.5 overs).

Brothers will resume at 1/16 chasing 141 runs.



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