Batsman revel in Twenty20 contest

CRICKET in autumn? Who would've thought it!

Sixteen teams padded up across premier, third and a corporate division, for local action as part of round one of the Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 competition on the weekend.

The return to the Rockhampton Cricket Ground proved to be a winner, not only for cricket, but also for the batsmen, with a number of big scores recorded during last weekend's 14 games.

Brothers batsman Ken Litschner tore the Frenchville bowling attack apart with his 83 not out in the premier division, while Gracemere's Hamish McDonald notched up a half century in his side's win over Frenchville.

The batting was equally impressive in second division with Dan Eyles' 83 enough to get Capricorn Coast over the line against Gracemere while in the corporate division Jeremy Harmsworth (90 not out) and Josh Sinnamon (85 not out) steered Hawks home in their second match of the day against Stanwell, who were bamboozled by the bowling of Kelly McGuire (3/7) during his three overs.

In the premier division, 2010/11 Rockhampton Cricket Incorporated A grade grand finalists Frenchville Falcons and Norths Tigers suffered defeats in their opening fixtures before their second match of the day was rained out.

Gracemere (8/164), batting second in the premier competition, reined in Norths' first innings total of 161 in the final over of the match, while Brothers (2/184) comfortably reached Frenchville's target of 174.

All three competitions are still up for grabs with one game remaining in the A grade before the grand finals at 2pm on Saturday while in the lower grades this weekend's matches will be decided on points after the two matches on Sunday.

Capricorn Coast meet Colts/Grammar in third grade at 10am, while in the corporate division Hospital face Corporate Express.



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