Patience on good track key to win

BLUEBIRDS captain Clay Crouch wants partnerships and patience from his batsmen in their Southern Star Sports Shield 2005-06 season round six clash against Frenchville at Jardine Park today.

"Knowing the wicket, it should be a good track so there's no excuses,'' Crouch said.

Crouch will have to open the batting with Gavin Peck today with regular opener Simon Boak unavailable.

"Someone in the top five has to get a big score and we need partnerships,'' Crouch said.

A steady start is crucial with the expected temperature of 38 degrees also sure to play a role.

"Last week we bowled well for three hours and then the heat got us,'' Crouch said, wondering if Frenchville will fall to the same fate.

In other games, Brothers will welcome the return of captain Lachlan Spyve and Les Berryman when they resume batting against Gracemere at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds today.

Spyve and Berryman were away last Saturday on respective manager and coaching duties for the Capricornia schoolboys team at the State titles in Brisbane.

CQU Tigers also have some new faces for their final day's play against Cap Coast, also at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.

Carl Carter returns, replacing Andrew Hill, while Emerald's Shaun Richardson comes in for the unavailable Eddie Doherty.

After this round play takes a break over Christmas and New Year, resuming on January 14.

Points ? 1. Brothers 35, 2. CQU Tigers 31, 3. Frenchville 31, 4. Gracemere 23, 5. Bluebirds 23, 6. Cap Coast 13.

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