TOP SHOT: Brent Hartley flicks it off his pads to become Frenchville’s third top scorer with 36 from 40 deliveries.
TOP SHOT: Brent Hartley flicks it off his pads to become Frenchville’s third top scorer with 36 from 40 deliveries. Chris Ison Rokccricket

Frenchville waits out Yaralla's run chase to win match

FRENCHVILLE A-grade cricket captain Joe McGahan admitted to feeling a little nervous during Yaralla's run chase at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on Saturday afternoon.

Particularly when the Gladstone visitors' form batsman, Jason Batchelor, was at the crease.

After winning the toss McGahan elected to bat.

"I took a look at the wicket and it looked hard and flat and the outfield was dry, so it was going to be fast," McGahan said.

"I thought if we posted a decent score we could make them chase the runs."

And that is precisely what they did.

Frenchville's top order took control with McGahan smashing 46 runs off 44 balls and Lachlan Hartley supporting him at the crease with 45 from 54. At the end of the 40-over innings, Frenchville had posted an imposing 199 runs for the loss of just five wickets.

In reply, Yaralla's top order struggled for runs and lost early wickets. At just past the halfway mark of the innings Yaralla were in trouble at 5 for 85 off 22 overs.

But with Batchelor at the crease Yaralla were still a chance, especially when Frenchville's off spinner Jason Wells sent down some loose deliveries.

Wells was getting some good bounce and turn off the dry pitch but any loose deliveries were dispatched to the boundary. And Yaralla took 12 from the 25th over, Batchelor reaching his half century off just 53 balls.

But soon Yaralla's wickets began tumbling again. And Wells got his man, bowling Batchelor for 71 and two balls later Zane Robertson for a duck.

Frenchville pace bowler Callum Henderson's speed off the flat track was troubling the Yaralla lower order and runs were drying up. When he bowled Bill Jones for four it was all over, Yaralla all out for 143 of 31.2 overs.

Joe McGahan had a good day out, not only topscoring, but he also was the pick of the Frenchville bowlers with 3 wickets for 24 runs, followed by Jason Well with 3 for 36 and Charlie Simic with 2 for 20.

"It was hard to bowl on a field like this," Wells said.

"With short boundaries and lightning quick outfield you had to bowl tight because any loose deliveries were easily punished and I copped a bit of that. But the pitch offered me a little if I could land it in the right spot."

Frenchville's skipper McGahan confessed he was concerned for a time during Yaralla's innings when the visitors lifted the run rate through Batchelor and were coasting towards the target.

"He is a quality batsman and he makes any captain nervous when he is at the crease," McGahan said.

"Once we had him we did it pretty comfortably. Plus a couple of their top order batsmen fell quickly at the start of their innings, which was good for us."

CQ Challenge

 Frenchville 5/119 (40 overs) defeated Yaralla 143 (31.2)

 Gracemere 1/61 (9) defeated The Glen 60 (30)

 Rocky Brothers 5/186 (39) defeated Gladstone Brothers 6/185 (40)

 Cap Coast BYE



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