Richie Pershouse glances the ball away during a club match.
Richie Pershouse glances the ball away during a club match. File

Brothers lose grip on Falcons

THURSDAY night provided Rockhampton cricketers with their first “Big Bash” for the 2010 season as the Twenty20 program finally got under way.

Brothers captain Richie Pershouse said his team’s match against Frenchville provided plenty of highlights but unfortunately for him and team mates not the result they wished for.

“We just didn’t get a good partnership going,” he admitted.

Frenchville elected to bat upon winning the toss but were unable to dominate the Brothers bowling.

“We bowled very well,” Pershouse reported.

“In the field we took every catch.”

By restricting Frenchville to 117 runs from its 20 overs Brothers felt confident of victory.

The best of the Falcons’ batsmen was the in-form Brendan Handley who scored 34 runs from just 20 balls.

Jason Wells also made a start but when he reached 17 lost his wicket to a cunningly flighted ball from Pershouse.

The Brothers captain was unable to contain his delight at capturing the scalp of Wells. It is unusual for him to get a chance with the ball as he normally keeps wicket.

Despite having plenty of pace in his attack, Pershouse decided to open with spin and force the Frenchville batsmen into getting some pace on the ball through their shot selection.

It was certainly a ploy that worked during his own spell of bowling with the captain getting 1-5 off what he claimed to be three “very slow” overs.

Best bowling figures were recorded by star paceman Rob Fitzgerald who finished with 3-15 from his four-over spell while Murray Harch had returns of 2-25. Nathan Burke would have registered tidy figures until he was clubbed for 20 runs off one over to end with disappointing returns of 1-27.

The Brothers chase was soon in tatters as the first wicket was lost before a run was scored and then by the end of the first over was 2-5.

Three batsmen did manage to get going.

Ken Litschner got 28 runs but by his own standards these were accumulated at a snails pace, needing 36 balls for his innings.

Lachlan Collins was quicker scoring 26 at a run-a-ball.

Pershouse tried to keep the scoreboard ticking over but when on 14 runs, Jason Wells took revenge for his dismissal by getting the Brothers captain out stumped.

Wells finished with figures of 2-20 and the reliable Brock Siegert 2-17 as Brothers run chase ended 11 runs short.

Although beaten, Pershouse is a great fan of the Twenty20 form of the game and said he is looking forward to today’s two contests.

Brothers first face Norths this morning and then meet the Frenchville Green Machine in which many of the club’s stars of yesteryear are competing.

Frenchville will need to be in its best form if it is to remain unbeaten as it faces a Gracemere team that should perform well in this style of the game.

Capricorn Coast has a team entered despite having to pull out from A-grade earlier in the season.

It was a disappointing end to the Country Carnival for Todd Wells as the Queensland Country captain scored just four runs on what he described as a wicket made for the batsman.

The news was not all bad as Queensland won the match after the South Australians posted a score of 360 from their 100 overs.

“We got the runs pretty easy,” Wells said.

Queensland passed the target with 20 overs to spare but it was not enough to get an overall win and move the team up the points ladder.

In the end Queensland finished third and had two players, Sean Fitzsimmons and Peter Reimers, named in the Australian Country team.

Todd Wells yesterday classed himself as “doubtful” for tomorrow’s Open representative match between Rockhampton and Biloela.

Rockhampton need to win to secure a home final in February.

Also in action at Rockhampton Cricket Ground will be the under-21 sides of Rockhampton and Biloela.

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