Frenchville scores win over arch-rivals in Cap Challenge
CRICKET: Frenchville overcame an early batting collapse to take the points against Gracemere in the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge.
The two teams have played out some close contests and Saturday's was no different, with Frenchville scoring the winning runs with just five balls remaining.
Frenchville skipper Joe McGahan said it was always good to get a win against the Bulls.
"We had a lot of positivity heading into the game and knew we could get the job done,” he said.
"We bowled really well through the middle which allowed us to keep them to a manageable total.
"Jason Wells and Logan Whitfield really tied them down and set us up well for the run chase.
"Gracemere's Ben Milne tore through our top order but Wellsy and Brent Hartley did the job with the bat and got us home.”
Gracemere batted first after winning the toss for the first time this season.
Skipper Mark O'Keeffe (35) and Aaron Harmsworth (27) led the scoring as the team reached 142 from its 40 overs.
Andrew Johnson and McGahan both bagged three wickets while Whitfield took two.
In reply, Frenchville lost three quick wickets, Milne producing a great opening spell on his way to claiming a four-wicket haul.
But Wells and Hartley came together to steady the ship, finishing with 48 and an unbeaten 54 respectively, to help steer Frenchville to victory in the final over.
The two other fixtures set down in Gladstone - BITS versus Rockhampton Brothers and The Glen versus Cap Coast Parkana - were washed out.
The focus will be on rep cricket this weekend with the CQ Centurions taking on Townsville in the first round of the North Queensland Championships.
McGahan will captain the side, which is determined to make a good start to its title defence in its two games in Rockhampton.
Teams from Mackay and Cairns also compete in the championships.
CQ CENTURIONS OPEN SIDE
Sam Lowry, Lachlan Hartley, David Heymer, Joe McGahan (captain), Jason Seng (vice-captain), Cameron Keene, Brent Hartley, Ken Litschner, Terry Sawyer, Steven Munchow, Ben Milne, Logan Whitfield