THE Gracemere Bulls A-grade cricket team's grip on the top of the Capricornia Club Challenge ladder tightened on Saturday, after a bonus-point, round-five victory over Gladstone Brothers at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.

The Bulls picked up the bonus point when they bowled the visitors out in fewer than 30 overs. Gladstone Brothers were dismissed for 111 in just the 28th over.

The Bulls won the toss and elected to bat, reaching 177 runs for the loss of nine wickets from their 40 overs.

"The pitch was a good, hard, flat track so there was no question of batting second," Bulls vice-captain Mark O'Keefe said.

With some frontline players out, the Bulls blooded two debutants, Connor Mutch and Jordan Taylor.

"The young fellas went well," O'Keefe said.

"There weren't a whole lot of opportunities for them to impress but they did well with what they got."

Both Mutch and Taylor were unbeaten with the bat and guided the Bulls to 177 over the last six overs.

"They both batted out the innings for us and finished it off well," O'Keefe said.

But it was the Bulls number five batsman Steven Munchow who did the damage with the willow, topscoring with 54.

"Steven made a solid half-century and he controlled our innings well in the middle," O'Keefe said.

With the ball, the young Taylor was the Bulls' second change bowler and sent down four tidy overs.

"He didn't take any wickets but he kept it tight," O'Keefe said.

"His pressure bowling from one end allowed us to claim some wickets from the other."

But it was the stand-in skipper who starred with the leather for the Bulls. Justin Peacock tore the heart out of the Gladstone's batting line-up, snaring four wickets.

He was ably supported by Luke Johnstone who claimed three wickets, while Mick Horth, making his return to A-grade this season, bowled well for two wickets.

The visiting batsman had no answers.

They capitulated for 111 in reply, in just the 28th over.

Capricorn Club Challenge Round 5

Gracemere Bulls 9/177 (40) def Gladstone Brothers 111 all out (28)

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