Frenchville ready to secure win

CRICKET: The two teams struggling in Southern Star Sports Shield two-day matches would have hoped for a bit of moisture during the week to liven their chances of taking any points from the round.

They did not get it.

Capricorn Coast can only look forward, when play resumes today, to fight the prospect of Frenchville taking an outright victory.

A meagre total of 137 was passed with ease as Frenchville blasted its way to 7-245 at the close of play.

With Brendan Handley still at the crease on 33, scored at a run a ball, and Chaise Bidgood in support the prospect is the Falcons will continue to hammer away at the Coast bowling.

Already the Frenchville innings has been quick paced with the total coming at over six runs an over.

• The situation is not quite so bleak for Norths Tigers but it still faces defeat when the match against Gracemere resumes.

After scoring 139 runs Tigers has only claimed three wickets while Gracemere needs just five runs to take first innings points.

When play ended last week Ray Doherty had got into the groove and raced through to be 71 not out and in an excellent position to hit his first century of the season.

Promising youngster Calvin Murray was with him on 35 not out.

With the Rockhampton Cricket Ground wicket likely to continue to play well and the possibility of less swing, Gracemere could leave Tigers with a big total to chase.

• Brothers go into their one day match against Capricorn Coast tomorrow without a bunch of regular young players.

One will be teenage quick Lachlan Collins.

A problem with having young talent is they gain selection for representative teams.

Brothers captain Richie Pershouse knows this is something he must accept with players of Collins ability who is away in a Secondary School team this weekend and will open the attack for the Central Queensland under-17s next week against the Tropical North at Rockhampton.

“He's coming along real quick,” Pershouse said.

Tomorrow's match is important for Pershouse as he is named in the Central Queensland senior team and would like to have some practice.

“I haven't had a bat for two weeks,” he complained.

The other one-day match should be a good one as both Frenchville and Gracemere are looking solid this year.

State of play Capricorn Coast 137 all out in 36.5 overs ( Dylan Bibby 40, Matthew Oates 26 no. bowling David Goltz 5-47, Brock Siegert 4-28) Frenchville 7-245 after 40 overs (Joe McGahan 49, Brendan Handley 33no, Brent Rothery 32, Michael Simmers 31 bowling Dylan Bibby 2-27, Martin Weaver 1-2) Norths Tigers 139 all out (Troy Hogan 39, Justin Peacock 26 bowling Michael Harth 7-47, Bob McQuire 2-12) Gracemere 3-135 ( Ray Doherty 71no, Calvin Murray 35no, bowling Joe Wright 2-11) Sunday One day games at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds Frenchville v Gracemere, Brothers v Capricorn Coast


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