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Frenchville's future precarious

Brothers top order batsman Ken Litschner needn’t look to the umpire as he is cleaned up by a delivery from Frenchville’s David Goltz.
Brothers top order batsman Ken Litschner needn’t look to the umpire as he is cleaned up by a delivery from Frenchville’s David Goltz. Sharyn O'Neill

THE loss of three batsmen late in the afternoon could see Frenchville in a spot of bother against Brothers when play resumes next Saturday.

Falcons captain Todd Wells said he had made a decision on winning the toss to send Brothers in to bat.

"We made a bold decision to send them in," he admitted.

"It was an unusual decision."

Wells said the reasoning was to test his players in the field in the warm conditions and see how they reacted.

"We wanted to see if they could find the energy for a long day," he said.

Things started brightly for Frenchville with Brock Siegert and David Goltz giving the Brothers top order plenty to think about.

However, an unusually patient knock of 66 from Richie Pershouse, supported by 43 from Jason Batchelor and an unbeaten 49 from Scott Smithwick set Brothers up for a competitive total of 203.

Siegert cleaned up the tail to finish with the impressive figures of 5-27 from his 15 overs while Goltz with 4-38 was the only other bowler to claim success.

Wells said Pershouse did well to get runs on the board.

"He was a bit scratchy but he put the loose balls away," he said.

"He did the job that's for sure."

Wells is confident his players can take the PFD Cup match points next week.

"If you can't bat and score 200, then you had better take a good look at yourself," he said.

Pershouse admitted he played an uncharacteristic innings.

"I was in for 90 minutes before I scored my first boundary," he said.

But once he got moving, the wicketkeeper/ batsman said he then found the boundary rope pretty well although it was not the easiest of grounds to score runs on.

"The field was not really running," he said.

"A score of 200 on Saturday would normally be about 280-300.

"At the moment I'd say we are in a strong position."

Pershouse knows Frenchville bat through the order and with Todd Wells not out and Jason Wells and Brock Siegert still to come the match is still there to be won.

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