LONG WALK: Not what Frenchville hope to see as stylish top-order batsman Trent Kenny is given out.
LONG WALK: Not what Frenchville hope to see as stylish top-order batsman Trent Kenny is given out. Chris Ison

Frenchville favoured for win

IT'S back to the one-day format for the Southern Star Sports Shield matches this weekend.

Five rounds of one-day, 40-over games, were scheduled into the 2009/10 program and this weekend it is round four and five.

Today, the competition's runaway leader and reigning champion, Frenchville, travel to the coast for what should be a routine victory over Capricorn Coast.

Frenchville are favoured to make the grand final in March and win it for the fifth consecutive year.

Even with the advantage of playing at its Yeppoon home ground it looks like a big ask for the Coast to match Frenchville.

However, Todd Wells and his team won't take anything for granted as strange things often happen in cricket.

“We are looking forward to it,” he confirmed.

“It is always about 10 degrees cooler on the coast.

“We are looking for a good day as it is always a good wicket there.”

Wells is hoping for big things from Trent Kenny.

“He batted well for Central Queensland, but didn't get the runs on the board,” he said.

“Trent is a very technically correct player.”

The game between Norths and Gracemere should go to Gracemere on recent form.

Earlier this month they met in a two-day game with Gracemere restricting Norths to a low score on a good batting track and then passing that total with three wickets down.

Gracemere captain Michael Harth has happy memories of that match as he went on the attack with the ball, snaring seven wickets.

“I had a bit of luck that day,” he said modestly.

Harth thinks the games against Norths Tigers and Capricorn Coast on Sunday will be tough, although he concedes the Coast struggle for numbers as some players return to the mines on Sundays.

FIXTURES Saturday: Capricorn Coast v Frenchville at Yeppoon Norths v Gracemere at Rockhampton Cricket Ground (2) Sunday: Capricorn Coast v Gracemere at Rockhampton Cricket Ground (3) Brothers v Norths at Rockhampton Cricket Ground (2)


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