Bidgood stands tall to steer Frenchville to thrilling win
CRICKET: Frenchville's lower-order batsman Chaice Bidgood showed some steely resolve to guide his team to a dramatic last-over win against Gracemere in Rockhampton A-grade cricket on Saturday.
When the No. 10 walked to the wicket in the 33rd over following the dismissal of top-scoring Brent Hartley for 54, his team still needed 33 runs for victory.
Bidgood and Riley McGuire chipped away at the total, putting on a valuable 20-run partnership before McGuire was trapped lbw by Gracemere quick Rion Banks in the second last over.
The dismissal brought Logan Whitfield to the middle and set the stage for a thrilling finish, with Frenchville needing 11 runs from the last over to take the premiership points.
Bidgood made his intentions clear, cracking a boundary on the first ball. A wide, two quick singles and another slashing four from Bidgood sealed the victory.
"It was brilliant, it felt good,” Frenchville's match winner said after the game.
"It was probably a bit close for comfort but we got the win which is the main thing.
"It was good to beat them after last week. They gave us a bit of a touch up so it was good to get one back over them.”
With Cap Coast-Parkana out of the running for the title, Saturday's game was a preview of what will be next month's grand final.
Gracemere was dismissed for 149 in the 38th over, with Stephen Munchow making 32, opener Luke Johnstone 28 and Todd Harmsworth 20.
Skipper Joe McGahan and Jason Wells were the best of Frenchville's bowlers, both bagging three apiece. Bidgood chipped in with two as well as a run out.
In reply, Frenchville lost a couple of early wickets but then managed to build some partnerships on the back of Hartley's half century. Bidgood finished with 22 runs and McGuire 19.
Gracemere's Ben Milne, Justin Peacock and Banks each took two wickets.
Peacock said Gracemere's total was below par on what was a good batting wicket and some fumbles in the field proved costly in what was such a tight contest.
"We pride ourselves on keeping high standards and I think we let of few of those standards slip today with the bat and in the field.
"It's a big effort by them (Frenchville). They've put the pressure right back on us with just a few games to go so we've got to come out and really pick up our game and try to get the minor premiership.”