Spin bowler Brent Rothery celebrates with wicketkeeper Aaron Whelow after catching out Gracemere’s Bob McQuire to claim the game for Frenchville.
Spin bowler Brent Rothery celebrates with wicketkeeper Aaron Whelow after catching out Gracemere’s Bob McQuire to claim the game for Frenchville.

Cricket cliffhanger

THE one-day match between Frenchville and Gracemere on Sunday was expected to be close but in the end it turned out to be a cliffhanger.

Even this early in the season there are players who are setting the standard, one is Frenchville's Brent Rothery and another Gracemere's Ben Milne.

Batting first, Frenchville started strongly thanks mainly to Rothery whose 64 runs from 77 balls set a foundation.

After Brock Siegert and Joe McGahan went for ducks, a partnership between Rothery and Jason Wells (49) put the team in a good position of 3-131 before Rothery was dismissed in the 27th over.

Usually a team likes to make the final 10 overs of an innings an exercise in big hitting and with six wickets standing, Frenchville was in with a chance of making a big score.

However, the wickets kept tumbling and in the end the Falcons were restricted to 9-191 from 40 overs, 15 to 20 runs short of ideal.

The start of the Gracemere chase was nothing short of disastrous.

With three overs bowled, Alex Raguse, Luke Johnstone and Mark O'Keeffe were back in the shed and with just four runs on the scoreboard.

Aaron Harmsworth came in and hit the ball around for 34 runs but it wasn't until Milne came in at number seven that the Gracemere tempo increased and with it a chance of victory.

Milne went on a mini-rampage hitting five sixes and seven fours as he raced to 74 runs from 68 balls.

When Milne departed as the ninth man out, ironically from the spin bowling of Rothery, Gracemere needed 12 runs for the win with 4.4 overs to get them.

Unfortunately the task was too great for Robert McQuire and Gerard O'Keeffe as Rothery trapped McQuire with Gracemere three runs short of the win and four balls remaining.

Brothers down Capricorn Coast

It would have been tough for Capricorn Coast with a full squad but with just nine players it proved to be impossible to contain Brothers Southside.

Having made 195 in its 40 overs, the Brothers batting line-up cut loose to pass that total after 22 overs with Richie Pershouse (62), Ken Litchner (58) and Jessica Jonassen (38) scoring the bulk of the runs.



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