Top three teams break away



BLUEBIRDS' last outing for 2005 and their batsmen crumbled in a heap at Rockhampton's Jardine Park on Saturday.

In their Southern Star Sports Shield round six clash against Frenchville, Bluebirds skipper Clay Crouch was searching for partnerships at the start of the day and after a promising opening stand it was all downhill as Frenchville claimed first innings points.

At the start of play Frenchville ended up facing five more overs and they blasted away, belting an extra 47 runs.

Brendan Dunbar felt the brunt of the assault, going for 33 runs off just three overs.

Rick McCorriston did most of the damage, hitting Dunbar for a six off the first ball of the day to eventually add 31 runs to his overnight total.

In reply Bluebirds were all out for 132 runs.

The opening combination of Crouch (40) and Gavin Peck (52) put on a stand of 81 but no other batsman reached double figures.

A gap is widening between the competition's top three and bottom three teams with Brothers and Central Queensland Univer-sity Tigers also securing first innings points.

Rockhampton cricket takes a break over Christmas and New Year, resuming on January 14.

Round 7 draw ? CQU Tigers v Gracemere (Kalka Shades), Frenchville v Brothers (RCG), Cap Coast v Bluebirds (Yeppoon).

Points ? Brothers 43, CQU Tigers 39, Frenchville 39, Gracemere 25, Bluebirds 25, Cap Coast 15.



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