Rocky grabs 62-run win

By AARON KELLY THE Rockhampton open cricket team has made a perfect start to regaining the Central Queensland Cricket Championship title.

Rockhampton powered to a 62-run win over the Central Highlands in their opening round 50-over match at the Emerald Showgrounds yesterday.

After being sent into bat, Rockhampton openers, captain Todd Wells (76 runs) and Craig Wilkes (48), made a quickfire start, bringing up their century partnership at a run-a-ball.

Rick Jones and Aaron Grimshaw took the key wickets respectively in quick succession, but Sean Toovey (55) and Shaun Gilvear (74) then combined for a 115-run partnership to guide Rockhampton to 8/283 from their 50 overs.

In reply, Clermont's Williams brothers, Rhys (45) and Kym (46), rescued the Highlands from a bad start before Rockhampton's Brendan Dunbar and Nick Hills slowed the run rate with some tight bowling in the middle session.

The pressure took its toll, with the Highlands' run-chase collapsing to finish at 9/221.

In Biloela, defending champi- ons Gladstone suffered a nailbiting 7-run loss to Callide Dawson in their reduced 40over match.

Chasing Callide Dawson's 162-run target, Gladstone was all out for 154 with all-rounder Scott Burnett (3/22) the main destroyer for the home side.

?Round 2 (December 4) ? Gladstone v Rockhampton, Callide Dawson v Central Highlands.



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