Frenchville bowlers belted
IF Frenchville are to lose their perfect record for the season then they can place the blame on Norths Tigers’ Adam Matthews.
The former Biloela all-rounder was in stunning form on Saturday at Rockhampton Cricket Ground and almost single-handedly dismantled Frenchville’s champion attack.
Tigers’ season was in the balance with the side needing to get a good result.
Having been put in to bat by Frenchville it looked as if Tigers might have problems raising a competitive total as Kris McDonald was trapped in front by Brock Siegert without troubling the scorer.
At 1-12 Matthews strode to the crease and there he remained, scoring 156 runs at a run-a-ball before being the ninth Tigers batsman out when the score was at 301.
In the end Tigers will be satisfied with their total of 307 runs, even though they still had 12 overs to spare at the end of their innings.
With injuries to key players hurting Tigers this year the knock by Matthews was a welcome effort and will give the side a bit of much-needed confidence for the second half of the season.
One of those players still missing from the Tigers line-up is the captain, Craig Wilkes, who is still recovering from a serious injury incurred during the football season, but he was delighted to hear of Matthews’ big hundred.
“He is one of the biggest hitters in Rockhampton,” Wilkes said.
Frenchville will know all about that as Matthews scored over 100 of his runs by finding or clearing the boundary rope.
“Adam likes to play his shots,” Wilkes added.
Not that Matthews is inexperienced, having played for Central Queensland while based at Biloela.
Wilkes said Matthews was the consummate allrounder as he was good in the field, could bowl at a lively pace or give the ball a bit of a tweak if the conditions suited spin.
While Matthews was responsible for more than half the Tigers total, he was given plenty of middle-order support with Trent Wright (20), Justin Peacock (24), Greg Sorrensen (28) and Hayden Busk (29) all contributing.
For Frenchville, the pick of the bowlers was Brock Siegert with 2-67 from his 19 overs, while late in the innings Brent Rothery again showed his ability with an old ball as he grabbed 4-16, including the scalp of Matthews, from 4.4 overs.
Rothery will be needed with the bat by the Falcons next week when play resumes as he is not out for six with Frenchville on 32 runs with both Brendan Handley and Joe McGahan back in the sheds.
With bat or hockey stick in hand there is no stopping Aaron Harmsworth.
After another successful season on the hockey fields the talented sportsman is in a rich vein of form with the Gracemere cricket side, scoring another half-century on Saturday against Brothers.
The Harmsworth innings of 68 not out was one of the few highlights in an otherwise disappointing Gracemere batting effort.
Skipper Michael Harth was at a loss to explain why his side, after winning the toss and electing to bat on a true Rockhampton Cricket Ground strip, could only muster a total of 148 all out.
The main destroyers for Brothers were Tim Reid and Murray Harch, who each scored a four-wicket bag cheaply.
“It was a combination of everything, good bowling and fielding and our poor decision-making,” Harth said.
Only opener Luke Johnstone with 35 runs and Calvin Murray with 16 reached double figures.
Not that it was all gloom for Gracemere, as Brothers Southside also suffered in the run chase and will return to the match next Saturday having scored 123 runs and with just one wicket standing.
“We fought back in the field,” Harth confirmed.
Having started its innings confidently, Brothers went from 3-69 to 6-70 and were suddenly in trouble.
Shane Caird scored a well-compiled 42 coming in at four while Ken Litschner had one of his typical turns at bat, hitting 29 at a run a ball.
“We just bowled line and length and built the pressure up,” Harth explained.