Rothery sinks Gracemere ambitions
CRICKET: It was a tough score to beat, but that didn’t bother Gracemere batsman Aaron Harmsworth when he stepped up to the crease at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
Gracemere went into day two of the Southern Star Sports Shield match with their heads held high and confident that they could top Frenchville’s score of 9/296.
Harmsworth made it all seem possible when he scored 113 runs off 110 balls.
But Frenchville’s bowler Brent Rothery put those dreams to rest.
Rothery had the best figures for the day with three for 37 off just four overs.
Rothery took out Harmsworth’s partners including Todd Harmsworth, Ray Doherty and Gracemere’s captain Michael Harth.
Harmsworth had Todd Wells, captain of Frenchville, a bit worried with his high score.
But Harmsworth carried his bat out at the end of the innings with his team-mates unable to support him and finished at 281 runs.
And although Gracemere certainly tested Frenchville, they still couldn’t meet the score and lost by 15 runs on the first innings.
Frenchville captain Todd Wells said it was a good day of cricket with the scores being so closely matched.
“It was evenly matched, but we were quite happy to sneak away with the game at the end,” he said.
He said the team took a gamble with Rothery, who went for a few runs and took three wickets with him.
But the gamble all paid off in the end.
“We were going really well earlier on then Aaron Harmsworth came in at the middle and nearly got them home,” he said.
“But with a bit of pressure that we kept building on them it allowed us to keep it going.”
Wells said although the game was tight his team was happy to have the challenge.
“It went very well; it was a tough match, which is what we have been looking for, for a couple weeks now,” he said.
The closest to match the strength of Harmsworth was Alex Raguse, who gained 44 runs off 91 balls.
Frenchville’s Trent Kenny held strength on the field and caught out Calvin Murray, who was unable to secure any runs in the 25 balls from bowler Andrew Johnson.
Kenny also claimed the ball of Chris O’Shea, who had 21 runs out of 22 balls.
Andrew Johnson also bowled well with two for 30 in six overs.
- Brothers walked onto the fields confidently on Saturday for day two against Capricorn Coast, but that all changed quickly.
Brothers claimed 304 runs with the loss of just eight wickets in day one last weekend and were aiming for an outright on Saturday.
Brothers captain Richie Pershouse said his team didn’t get off to a good start and it wasn’t long before he knew they wouldn’t get their outright.
“We didn’t start real good; we didn’t get a wicket for six overs and we dropped a lot of the catches,” Pershouse said.
“We knew we wouldn’t get the outright when we had to bat again.”
Brothers claimed 192 for four in the second innings with Capricorn coast at five for 120 runs.
Timmy Reid got three wickets in the first innings and Perhouse himself gained 86 runs at the bat in the second innings.
Brothers face Frenchville in the next match and Pershouse said it would be a good test to see how good their team was.
“It will be a test to see how good we are because they are at the top,” he said.
- Next weekend will see the top players of Frenchville v Brothers on Saturday at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
- November 28 will be the next game for Capricorn Coast who will face Norths.