Brothers’ Murray Harch places the ball into the on-side field on his way to a well struck half century against Tigers on Saturday.
Brothers’ Murray Harch places the ball into the on-side field on his way to a well struck half century against Tigers on Saturday. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Frenchville coasts to victory

THE anticipated thriller between Frenchville and Gracemere failed to materialise with the champion Falcons team coasting to victory.

The one-day match at Rockhampton Cricket Ground produced plenty of runs, but in reality the game was heavily favouring Frenchville by the time it lost its first wicket.

The Falcons batted first in the Southern Star Sports Shield fixture with Brendan Handley and Brent Rothery at the crease.

By the time Gracemere claimed the scalp of Rothery there were 141 runs on the board. Even worse for Gracemere was the scoring rate of the openers with both batsmen getting their runs for better than a run a ball.

Rothery returned to the sheds with 72 runs to his name having clubbed 10 fours and two sixes in a stay lasting just 57 balls.

Joe McGahan went cheaply before Gracemere finally dislodged Handley for 115 runs with a total of 208 on the board.

By the time Handley was trapped leg before wicket by Aaron Harmsworth he had hit 15 fours and two sixes in his 100-ball knock.

Batting down the order Trent Kenny scored a breezy 46 in a 65 run partnership with Brock Siegert (25no) as Frenchville ended its 40 overs with a total of 5-284.

Even on the placid tracks of Rockhampton Cricket Ground scoring more than seven runs an over is a big ask and Frenchville scored those runs without Todd Wells or the injured Michael Simmers.

Chasing a big total a team needs a solid start and that was exactly what Gracemere didn’t get, losing two key wickets, Luke Johnstone and Ray Doherty, with just six on the board.

Alex Raguse and Mark O’Keeffe tried to get the innings moving, but when O’Keeffe departed for 35 runs there were no further partnerships of any substance and the Gracemere chase ended on 190 all out with 13 unused overs.

The talented Raguse will be satisfied with his contribution of 66 runs at a run-a-ball before being the sixth wicket to fall.

Rothery made it a good all-round performance, following up on his half century by taking 5-34 from his four over spell while Jason Wells was miserly in giving away just 11 runs from his four overs.

Richie Pershouse was one happy captain as his Brothers Southside team went on a run-scoring rampage against Norths Tigers.

On a personal note, things were good for Pershouse as he was at his best in scoring a very quick and chanceless century.

The aggressive Pershouse made the decision to bat down the list, coming to the wicket at number six.

The plan worked as he hammered his 104 runs from just 58 balls with six of his scoring shots hit over the boundary ropes and a further 10 boundaries.

“I just went in and played my shots,” he said.

Murray Harch was also hard-hitting with his 59 runs coming from 30 balls.

“Murray played his natural game and took the shine off the ball,” Pershouse said.

At the end of 40 overs Brothers were 9-298 and cruising.

The follow-up by Brothers was equally clinical as Tigers scored just 47 runs from the first 20 overs.

Rob Fitzgerald was an inspiration in the field taking five spectacular catches as the Tigers innings crumbled to be all out for just 157.

The Brothers bowlers shared the spoils with Nathan Burke, Tim Reid and Dylan Bibby all grabbing multiple wickets.

Pershouse said the win and the way Brothers batted puts them in a good frame of mind for the Twenty20 program after the Festive break.



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