Frenchville takes decisive win
THERE were plenty of runs in the Rockhampton Cricket Ground wicket at the weekend, with Frenchville's Joe McGahan and Tigers' Chris McDonald two of the players to make the most of it.
Two 40-over games were played on Sunday with a total of 778 runs scored in those matches. Both games also produced decisive results.
Frenchville's start to its Southern Star Sports Shield program should have opposition worried, although captain Todd Wells is playing down the Falcons' form saying they have yet to play a two-day match, which provides a far greater guide to players' form.
On Sunday Brothers Southside were not up to the task, losing the match by a 99-run margin.
The backbone of the Frenchville knock was a 103 third-wicket stand between McGahan and Brock Siegert. Siegert departed with the score at 160 and his own tally 35 runs.
McGahan went soon afterwards for 77, which included 11 fours and two sixes, but the damage had been already been done.
With just over seven overs to go, Jason Wells went to the wicket and hammered an unbeaten 43 to steer Frenchville to 221 for six wickets from its 40 overs.
“We were pretty happy with that,” the Frenchville captain said.
For Brothers, Lachlan Collins had the best figures, taking 2-30 from his eight overs.
Ken Litchner tried to get Brothers away to a flier, hitting 32 runs from 27 deliveries before he was clean-bowled by Brock Siegert.
“We took wickets at crucial times,” Wells claimed.
Once captain Richie Pershouse had gone, caught behind for a brisk 21, the innings folded. Jason Wells finished with the match-winning figures of 5-24, but the pressure had built for Brothers as David Goltz with 0-7, Siegert 1-6 and Chaice Bidgood 1-12 all bowled tightly, each bowling more than half their allocation to restrict the total to 122 all out.
Capricorn Coast must have thought the decision to bat first in the match with Norths Tigers was pretty much on the money as it raced to a total of 217, Stuart Keene hitting a half-century.
However, an ankle injury to strike bowler Keene in his second over meant Coast found it hard to defend that total and in the end the Tigers cruised to victory with just three wickets down and almost eight overs to spare.
“Joe Wright got us off to a good start,” Tigers captain Eddie Doherty reported.
The pace bowler has made the transition from fourth grade to A-grade look easy and added to his growing reputation with figures of 5-38.
“We still spilled a couple of catches,” the captain admitted.
On a good track Tigers got to work on the total and by the time openers McDonald and Ray Stanley had gone, the task was almost complete.
Doherty said McDonald scored 85 and Stanley made the 70s as Brothers raced to 170 before the fall of the first wicket.
“The pitch was good and the outfield gave good value for shots,” Doherty said.
In the end Tigers were just three wickets when they reached 218 runs in the 32nd over.