Best on show in Twenty20 final
CRICKET: All-rounder Richie Pershouse knows it will be tough but the Brothers captain is confident his team has the balance to see off the Frenchville Falcons.
Tonight is the final of Rockhampton’s own Big Bash competition as two of the best teams from the area go head-to-head at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
Not everybody may agree on the merits of Twenty20 cricket but the players enjoy this shortened version of the game and the guarantee of non-stop action is something that should encourage spectators to go down to the ground and take a look.
For Pershouse it is a fitting finale to the Twenty20 competition as he believes the two best teams will be on show.
Certainly there is little between the sides as both have talented batting line-ups and possess varied bowling attacks.
“The way we have been fielding and bowling lately we can win,” he said.
Pershouse also has every confidence in his batting but with the Rockhampton wicket expected to be low and slow he is aware that batsmen will have to graft for their rewards.
Brothers expect to have plenty of variation in their bowling attack.
“There are about ten bowlers in this team,” he stated.
In this form of the game Pershouse likes to turn his arm over with his slow deliveries forcing batsmen to put pace on the ball if they are to collect runs.
Spokesman for Frenchville, Todd Wells, is also looking forward to the encounter and feels his side can win for much the same reasons.
Wells will captain the Frenchville side but it won’t be Todd but brother Jason.
“He will captain a well-rounded team,” Todd said.
The Falcons are hoping to have brilliant middle-order batsman Michael Simmers back after gaining a run with the Queensland Second XI at Perth.
Unfortunately the Queenslanders failed to get on top of Western Australia with Simmers getting a solid start in the first innings but then going for a duck as his side was bundled out in the second.
“He has had a good experience and played against first-class bowlers,” Todd said.
The Frenchville man does not see the club needing to make wholesale changes to suit the various forms of the game.
“We have enough balance in our core group of players,” he argued.
“It is a matter of trying to link-up your best line-up to get the best out of them every time.
The one thing both Wells and Pershouse do hope for is support from the public as they believe spectators will not be disappointed. Play begins at 6pm.
Following tonight’s Final for the 1st/ 2nd grade teams it is the turn of the 3rd/4th grade players tomorrow.
Again the venue is the Rockhampton Cricket Ground and once more the start is 6pm but the teams are North’s Gold and Barbarians.
The Barbarians have proved to be something of a surprise package as the team is made up of players who are not currently attached to a local club.