Capricorn Coast gambit backfires

TOP score with the bat, a couple of wickets to his name and yet Capricorn Coast's Dylan Bibby is still staring at outright defeat.

In the Southern Star Sports Shield match at Rockhampton Cricket ground on Saturday Bibby was one of the few players from the Coast to stand up to be counted as reigning champion Frenchville took control of the game, claiming first innings points and setting up a chance of taking the game with an outright victory.

After winning the toss Capricorn Coast gave themselves the chance of getting a total, for the Falcons to chase, by electing to bat.

Unfortunately for them the move backfired as opening Frenchville bowler David Goltz had both Coast openers, Keith Ford and Asher Colley, back in the pavilion with just five on the scoreboard.

The experienced Mitch Roberts was next to join them and Coast's innings was in tatters at just 3-17.

Mark Wiggington joined Bibby and they showed some resistance in putting on 43 runs for the fourth wicket before Wiggington departed for 16 runs off the bowling of Brock Siegert.

Goltz finally got Bibby with the Coast at 6-90. During his hour-and-a-half at the crease the young all-rounder hit eight fours.

A late flourish by Rick Jones (20) and Matthew Oates (26 not out) saw the Coast total rise to 137 all out.

Against a champion team like Frenchville, and on a good wicket, that score is never going to be competitive.

Coming back from injury Michael Simmers opened to give himself a bit of time in the middle.

The youngster didn't stay around too long, smashing 31 runs off just 28 balls in an innings that included six boundaries.

All Frenchville batsmen made a start to have the side at 7-245 at the close, 108 runs ahead, with three wickets in hand.

Captain Todd Wells, whose innings ended when stranded out of his crease as Bibby touched the ball onto the wicket off his own bowling, said the team was in the position he had hoped.

“The guys did the job, we went out to get some quick runs,” he said.

Wells said he plans to go and add a few more to the total before having another crack at the Coast during the afternoon.

The captain said there were a couple of performances that stood out.

“David Goltz was on song in the hot conditions,” Wells said.

Goltz ended the day with 5-47 from 13 overs.

“Jason Wells (27) and Joe McGahan (49) batted well to get us over the line,” he added.

Frenchville will resume on Saturday with the not out batsmen Brendan Handley on 33 and Chaice Bidgood on 14 runs.



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