Gracemere Bulls run riot after fine start
MASTER tactician Chris O'Shea executed his plans to perfection, leading Gracemere Bulls to a 56-run win over Brothers on Saturday night.
In the opening day-night match of the 2013-14 Frenchville Sports Club season, O'Shea and a new-look Bulls outfit put the foot down late in their innings to set up an unassailable target.
"It was always the plan to get a solid start," O'Shea said of Gracemere's 1-53 from the first 20 overs. "We were confident we could score some runs at the back end, and we did, so I was really happy. The strategy played out perfectly."
Without regular skipper Aaron Harmsworth, pace attack leaders Ben Milne, Rion Banks and Luke Johnstone, opening batsman Mark O'Keeffe and all-rounder Greg Watt, stand-in captain O'Shea called up his Emerald-based teammates to bolster the Bulls' ranks.
In Rockhampton for yesterday's 50-over match against Rockhampton, Central Highland players Cameron Keene, Nev Suell, Brad Jenkinson and Joey Pratt all contributed with the ball, while Keene was the star with the bat as well.
Brothers batsman Rhys Williams, who added 40 before Keene trapped him leg before, praised his side's bowlers but was critical of their batting performance.
"We did keep it tight and were bowling great during that early period," he said.
"Their fielding was great and they bowled in good areas. You just had to value your wicket and get the runs, which we couldn't."