Brunny Bulls 31-run winners over Brothers in grand final
BRUNNY Bulls are the 2014 Premier division Twenty20 champions, but captain Aaron Harmsworth has reminded his players the job isn't finished yet.
The Bulls were 31-run winners over Brothers in Friday night's Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 Premier division grand final.
For the Twenty20 competition, Gracemere Bulls have joined forces with the Brunswick Hotel and adopted the moniker Brunny Bulls to support and raise awareness for the Cancer Council Queensland.
While pleased with his side's ability to defend a below-par total of 95, Harmsworth said breaking Frenchville's stranglehold on the A-grade premiership was the team's priority.
Frenchville have won the last eight Rockhampton A-grade premierships with their run beginning in the summer of 2005-06.
"The boys were happy but I've tried to keep them in check and in reality that's only the minor prize," said Harmsworth, who celebrated his 30th birthday yesterday.
"I hope we can break their run, but I'm a realist.
"Frenchville are a great team and we've got a lot to do before we can knock them off their perch.
"But we're moving up and we're in a good spot. I'd rather be in the place we are now than where we were three or four years ago."
Pre-match predictions from both skippers came to fruition as the performance of both sides in the field dictated the final result.
Four run outs and a handful of catches on the boundary featured in the Bulls' win.
After winning the toss, Harmsworth elected to bat on a flat, hard and well-prepared wicket at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
The Bulls were able to defend their below-par total thanks to a superb bowling spell from pacemen Ben Milne and Rion Banks.
Banks knocked over Brothers opening batsman Liam Mulry (3) in his first over before Milne sent the ever-dangerous Ken Litschner's stumps flying in the fifth over to have Brothers reeling at 2-14.
Milne finished with 1-17 from his four overs, while Banks (2-19), Tom Shackleton (2-3), Luke Johnstone (2-10) and Bryce Heal (2-14) all picked up a couple wickets for the Bulls.
Veteran Tim Reid was Brothers' best with the ball, picking up the vital wickets of Casey Bromilow (10), Harmsworth (7), Johnstone (2), Shackleton (7) on his way to figures of 4-10.
Harmsworth thanked the club's supporters who turned out on the night.
"The energy and enthusiasm in the field was great," he said.
"We had a good crowd there and they got in behind us.
"There was a lot of chanting and yellow and it was a real finals-like atmosphere and good to a part of."