Catches and speed in field is vital in Twenty20 - skipper
FORGET the batsmen and the bowlers - it's the fielders who will be the key in tonight's Frenchville Sports Twenty20 premier division grand final.
That's the assessment of Brothers skipper Richie Pershouse and his counterpart, the Brunny Bulls' Aaron Harmsworth.
Both teams head into tonight's match with two wins from their three Twenty20 fixtures to start the second half of the A-grade season, with Brothers' only loss coming at the hands of Harmsworth's Bulls on Saturday night.
Brothers are aiming for back-to-back Twenty20 titles.
FRENCHVILLE SPORTS CLUB Twenty20
BROTHERS V BRUNNY BULLS
Tonight, 6pm at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
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Harmsworth has gone for a youthful squad with club veterans Michael Harth and Greg Watts making way for himself and fellow Central Queensland representative Mark O'Keeffe.
"You can't afford to in Twenty20 and we don't have any passengers in the field," Harmsworth said.
"Taking catches and speed in the field is vital in the Twenty20 form of the game."
Pershouse echoed Harmsworth's thoughts and said Bulls batsman Steve Munchow's half-century against Brothers in the 21-run loss to the Bulls should never have eventuated.
"Our bowling and our fielding will be the key for us," Pershouse said.
"It was terrible against Gracemere (Brunny).
"We dropped six catches; we dropped Steve Munchow five times and we missed three stumpings on him.
"It'll need to be a lot better this time."
Brothers batsman Liam Mulry has been forced out with a calf injury, making way for the return of former club captain Murray Harch.
Harch is expected to open the batting with representative batsman Ken Litschner, with Pershouse at No.3.
Harmsworth said he was willing to be faithful to the youngsters who have stepped up from second grade to steer the Bulls to a grand final berth.
"We're sticking with the youth in the side as they have been working hard and playing well," he said.
"Everyone has been that enthusiastic about the Twenty20s this year.
"We had 25 people at training this week whereas most weeks we're struggling for numbers."
A member of the Central Queensland Seamers team which played at the Gabba earlier this month, Pershouse said he had passed on to his troops the experienced gained.
He said his side had adapted to the Twenty20 format and had shown discipline in their wins over Frenchville and Capricorn Coast.
"The boys did exactly what I asked of them last year when we won it, and nothing has changed this year," he