Gracemere’s Michael Harth takes a swipe at a ball going down the leg side but Frenchville keeper Brendan Handley takes it cleanly.
Gracemere’s Michael Harth takes a swipe at a ball going down the leg side but Frenchville keeper Brendan Handley takes it cleanly. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Frenchville, Brothers head to head

CRICKET: The rain that caused last weekend’s round of Twenty20 to be cancelled looks to have ended the aspirations of some teams wishing to make next weekend’s grand final.

Although yet to be confirmed, it looks as if the 1st/ 2nd grade final, to be played at Rockhampton Cricket Ground on Saturday, will be between Brothers Southside and Frenchville Falcons.

Frenchville got over the top of Brothers in Thursday night’s game under lights but Brothers bounced back well on Saturday to beat both Norths and the Frenchville “masters team” known as The Green Machine.

Meanwhile, Frenchville sealed its second win of the competition by defeating Gracemere in a low-scoring contest.

Neither team mastered the low bounce of the Rockhampton wicket with Frenchville doing just enough to collect the points.

It was just as well the Falcons won that match as, in its second fixture of the day, it was surprisingly beaten by Norths.

Those results have left Frenchville and Brothers as the only two teams in the competition with two wins to their name.

Great news for Central Queensland cricket with the announcement brilliant Frenchville middle-order batsman Michael Simmers has been called up for the Queensland Bulls’ second XI.

The Queensland team is in Perth preparing for its three-day match against Western Australia, beginning tomorrow.

However, the senior squad’s great run in the Twenty20 Big Bash has been of assistance to Simmers as the second team captain Chris Lynn is a member of the state’s Twenty20 squad and is required for the preliminary final clash with Victoria tomorrow.

Central Queensland, Rockhampton and Frenchville team mate Todd Wells said he was delighted with the elevation of Simmers.

“It is a great opportunity,” he admitted.

In the representative match at Rockhampton Cricket Ground yesterday, the home side got the victory it was seeking against the visiting Biloela-based team.

With little bounce in the wicket both sets of batsmen had difficulty in getting runs on the board.

Michael Harth was tight in his early bowling spell while paceman Brock Siegert was the chief destroyer with three wickets.

“Big Bob” Andrew Keiler chipped in with two wickets as did youngster Ben Milne who came into the seniors as a last-minute replacement for injured captain Todd Wells.

With Biloela scoring a shade over 170, Rockhampton’s chase stuttered with debutant Dylan Bibby’s 36 runs the standout.

However, a solid partnership between Jason Wells and Siegert helped get Rockhampton home in a four-wicket victory.



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