Brothers wicketkeeper Richie Pershouse takes the ball down the leg side as Norths Alex Grundy tries to flick it down the on side.
Brothers wicketkeeper Richie Pershouse takes the ball down the leg side as Norths Alex Grundy tries to flick it down the on side. Chris Ison

Gracemere crashes

A RETURN to cricket was not a happy one for Gracemere, skittled in the first innings against Frenchville in the PFD Cup match.

Saturday's match against champion Frenchville side was played at Kalka Shades with Gracemere captain Michael Harth disappointed with the score at the end of the first day's play in the 80-over match.

"We just didn't make any runs, our batting was very poor," he said.

No batsmen got going as Gracemere was bowled out for 37 with top-order batsmen not performing on the day.

"I was bowled out for a duck in the first innings, and again scoring no runs in our second round of batting," Harth said.

Despite the loss the day wasn't spoilt with bad news for Harth as he was in form with the ball taking seven wickets for 26 runs in 10.2 overs.

"I was lucky the overhead conditions helped with the swing bowl," Harth said.

"Ben Milne also bowled really well, he didn't get too many wickets but he beat the batsman plenty of times.

"Luke Johnstone also got a couple out."

Frenchville was bowled out for 106 but that still left Gracemere needing 70 runs to get ahead on the first innings.

"We had a poor shots selection and they had some good bowling," Harth said.

"We are about 30 runs behind their total (at end of play) and we have eight wickets in hand, so this weekend we will be looking to put on a decent score."

Frenchville captain Todd Wells showed both teams how it was done passing the half century mark.

The big-hitting batsman faced 100 balls smashing nine four's during his innings of 60 runs.

Over on Kalka one North's faced Brothers with North's captain Justin Peacock happy with the result of the opening day's play.

"We decided to bat first and were all out for 172," he said.

"Terry Wreghitt made 76 runs for our team so was definitely one of our stand outs."

Peacock said his side then bowled 18 overs taking two for 52.

"I took one wicket when we were bowling and made about 15 runs," Peacock said.

The only Brothers player to get amongst the wickets was Les Berryman who took three from 40 from his 16 overs.

"He was definitely Brother's stand out player, he kept it nice and tight," Peacock said.

The all-rounder said the pitch was good for batting, but not so much for bowlers.

"The conditions were good, it was hard to hit boundaries due to the field being pretty soggy," Peacock said.

"The outfield was very very slow, you couldn't hit boundaries unless you went over top."

"There were mainly one's and two's scored."

Going into this Saturday's inning's North's goal is to bowl Brother's out "nice and quick".

"I think we will go good we have to come out and take early wickets," Peacock said.

"We will have to back ourselves, take plenty of chances and put the ball in good areas."

"We have to hang in there, 80 overs is a long day," Peacock said.

Games will conclude next Saturday at Kalka Shades.



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