CLASSIC CATCH: Frenchville?s Brendan Ridgley
CLASSIC CATCH: Frenchville?s Brendan Ridgley

Twenty20 cricket proves a smash hit

By AARON KELLY

ROCKHAMPTON cricketers have hailed the introduction of Twenty20 cricket a hit.

The big-hitting game made its mark at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on Sunday night with the competition's in- augural double-header providing plenty of entertainment.

Southern Star Sports A-grade competition frontrunners Brothers and Frenchville both cruised to commanding wins in the opening round matches.

North Queensland under-19 representative Alan Ryder was the star in Frenchville's sixwicket win over Southside.

Ryder took 2/13 (4 overs) to help roll Southside for 87, and in reply, smashed an unbeaten 63 runs off 23 balls, which included six massive sixes, to guide Frenchville to 4/157 from their 20 overs.

In the other match, Brothers powered to an emphatic 154-run victory against Norths.

Scott Mansfield (55no) and Murray Harch (52) led Brothers to 7/214 (20 overs) before bowling Norths all out for 59.

Brothers medium pacer Eden Keliher needed just five balls to finish with figures of 3/6.

The Twenty20 competition continues this weekend.

Draw (Sunday, November 27) ? 4pm Bluebirds v Cap Coast, 6.30pm CQU Tigers v Gracemere.



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