Rothery?s hat-trick gets carnival bowling



ROCKHAMPTON cricketer Brent Rothery had three big reasons to smile on day one of The Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Cricket Country Week Carnival at Victoria Park yesterday.

Playing for Rothery's XI in the first-grade concrete division, Rothery's medium-pacers snared him a hat-trick against Pink Lily.

The 22-year-old claimed figures of 4/10 (4 overs) in the reduced 25-over match, bowling out all of his victims to help roll Pink Lily for 59.

Earlier, Richie Pershouse blasted 58 runs to guide Rothery's XI to 136.

Rothery's XI face another family affair today in the form of Bidgood's XI from Baralaba.

Rain failed to halt yesterday's proceedings, with all turf divisions playing on concrete wickets in the afternoon and games reduced to 25 overs.

Other highlights on the opening day included: r Moranbah's thrilling onewicket win over Green Machine in their first-grade turf showdown.

Chasing Green Machine's 6/ 154, Moranbah's No.11 Bradley Potter scored a leg bye with two balls remaining for the winning runs.

r Springsure's Steve Cullen with his all-round performance for Bushrangers in their fourth-grade concrete clash with Meatants.

Cullen smashed 52 runs and took 4/2 in his team's 30-run victory.

r Rectums, a team of prison officers, scoring the day's highest total in their sixth-grade concrete match against All Sorts.

Trevor McLeary (75no) and Terry Etherden (59no) led the competition newcomers to 4/251 before All Sorts were, well, in all sorts of trouble to be all out for just 40.

Aaron Solito (2/4), Charlie Beresford (2/5) and Ray Roberts (2/8) were the main destroyers.

Depending on overnight rain, today's turf and concrete fixtures will be as per program.

The annual country carnival ends tomorrow.



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