Competition leaders face off in Cap Challenge
CRICKET: It will be the clash of the titans in Round 9 of the Cap Challenge in Rockhampton today.
Frenchville and Gracemere, who are sitting on equal points at the top of the competition ladder, will do battle in what is a likely dress rehearsal for the grand final.
Frenchville captain Joe McGahan said his team was hitting its straps at the right end of the season.
"We're going pretty well; our whole top order's getting runs and all of our bowlers are taking wickets,” he said yesterday.
"Everyone is in form and everything is coming up well for us at the moment.”
McGahan has been one of the team's main contributors; if he's not scoring runs then he's chiming in with wickets.
Last weekend, he took three wickets in Frenchville's win over BITS on Saturday and finished with a five-wicket haul in the rep game against Gladstone on the Sunday.
Teammate Lachlan Hartley shone with the bat, scoring a half century on Saturday and then backing it up with a century in the rep match.
The pair of them will be instrumental to Frenchville's chances today.
Gracemere is down on troops today, with skipper Aaron Harmsworth, strike bowler Ben Milne and batter/wicketkeeper Mark O'Keefe all unavailable.
Bryce Heal will slot in to the line-up and former Scottish representative Paul Hoffman will make his return after several years out of the game.
"Bryce Heal will be back for us. The last couple of times he's played A-grade he's bowled really well and got some big wickets,” Harmsworth said.
"Paul Hoffman last played for us in 2014. He's well-known in cricket circles and will add some experience and can hopefully guide our young bowling unit.”
Harmsworth said said containing Frenchville's very capable batting unit would be the goal today.
"Lachlan Hartley's coming off a century in rep last weekend and Joe McGahan's scored a couple of hundreds not long ago. They've got batsmen in form so the key will be to restrict their scoring and bowl to our game plan,” he said.