VIDEO: Brothers enjoy five-wicket win in first-up victory
RICHIE Pershouse can't quite remember exactly how long it's been, but he knows it's been a while since he's enjoyed a post-match beer after the club's opening match of the season.
Pershouse sat down with his teammates and cracked a coldie after guiding Brothers to a five-wicket win over Frenchville Falcons in Round 1 of the 2014-15 Frenchville Sports Club A-grade premiership season on Saturday.
It's the first time the club has won their opening fixture in at least eight years, according to Pershouse.
"I couldn't actually tell you, it's been that long between drinks," Pershouse said on Saturday after the five-wicket win over Frenchville at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
"First win of the year, it's nice. Last year we got comprehensively beaten, but I couldn't tell you. I'd hate to say it, but I'd be thinking eight or nine years ago. Ken (Litschner) reckons he's never played in a team that's won the first game of the season, and he's been playing for eight years now."
Gracemere Bulls launched their title defence with a comfortable 10 wicket win over Capricorn Coast.
Young gun Lachlan Knuth tasted success on debut for the Bulls, finishing with figures of 3-14 from his five overs. Opening batsmen Craig Cullen (37no) and Mark O'Keeffe (44no) reached their 10-83 target inside 17 overs.
Chasing 9-194 from their 40 overs, Brothers' captain Pershouse and opening batsman Josh Sinnamon put on a 123-run third wicket partnership to set up the round one win.
Pershouse finished unbeaten on 89, while Sinnamon, who made his return to A-grade cricket after a four year break, didn't miss a beat.
He added 63 before being caught at long on by Zac Myles off the bowling of former Frenchville captain Jason Wells.
Pershouse and Tim Reid guided Brothers to their target with 19 balls to spare.
In his first match as captain, Frenchville all-rounder Joe McGahan led from the front as his side set a decent target.
McGahan top scored with 68, while paceman Travis Applewaite (30) and opening batsman Brent Hartley (23) both made starts as Frenchville built what McGahan believed was a winnable total.
"I thought that would definitely be plenty (and) it should have been enough," he said. "We just hit the wrong lengths and they were good enough to bash all the short stuff. We need to start bowling A-grade lengths."
Pershouse was the most successful of the Brothers bowlers, collecting the crucial wicket of opener Arno Coetzee and youngsters Callum McMahon and Riley McGuire.