Falcons dominance continues
THE Falcons A-grade cricket team continued its dominance of Rockhampton cricket by adding the 2011 Frenchville Sports Club Premier Division T20 title alongside the 2011 PFD Cup trophy it captured during the regular season.
In a surprise to captain Todd Wells, Frenchville progressed to the final on Saturday afternoon at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground after tying on points with Gracemere earlier that morning, but winning on quotient, while Brothers earned their place in the final after defeating Norths in their final-round fixture.
The Falcons batted first in the final and finished at 6-137, after Jason Wells (38 not out) and Brent Hartley (41) combined for a 65-run sixth-wicket partnership, which was pleasing for Wells.
“Brent Hartley's innings in the middle order was very good for a young bloke who doesn't normally bat in that position,” Todd said.
In response, opening batsmen Grant Nelson (18) and Kenny Litschner (25) got Brothers off to a cracking start.
Brothers looked the goods early, and at 4-93 were in with a big chance of snaring their first piece of silverware in the 2010/11 season, before part-time Frenchville spinner Jason Wells stepped up to the bowling crease.
He quickly dispelled any thoughts of an upset, picking up Brothers captain Murray Harch (22), Tim Reid (6), Robert Fitzgerald (3) and Brendan Davey (1) in quick succession.
Frenchville took six wickets for 12 runs to put the win just out of reach for Brothers.
Harch said the match was there for the taking, but his players struggled to step up when called on.
Despite the loss, he said Brothers were building for next season.
“We had a pretty good team, but people didn't fire when they needed to,” he said.
In the lower grades, Capricorn Coast went through undefeated to win the second division title, while Hospital narrowly beat Corporate Express on a countback to take the inaugural Frenchville Sports Club Corporate Division Twenty20 title.