Gracemere remains unbeaten
IT WAS another easy win for Gracemere with medium-pace bowler Michael Harth taking his A-grade cricket form into Saturday's Twenty20 match with Norths.
Four teams padded up for the premier division for local action as part of round two of the Frenchville Sports Club Twenty20 competition at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
Gracemere progressed to the final on Saturday afternoon after overtaking Norths' total of 136 runs in the final over of the day, while Frenchville earned their place in the final after bowling Brothers out for 47.
The undefeated Gracemere side won the toss sending opening bowler Harth to take on some of Norths top order batsmen.
"I'm usually the opening batsman for our club season but I don't really play too much Twenty20," Harth said.
Harth was the pick for the side's medium-pace attack taking 2-22 from his four overs, while Todd Harmsworth later helped secure the Gracemere win scoring 36 not out with his running between the wickets a feature of his knock.
"We got most of our runs in the last over, we were six wickets down," Harth said.
"Ben Milne also played really well; he was our opening batsman and scored 38 runs (from 20 balls).
"We fielded really well, not dropping any catches."
Another player to make an impact from an unfamiliar position was Aaron Harmsworth who kept wicket for Gracemere.
"I did it all through the juniors," he said.
Regular wicketkeeper Mark O'Keeffe works some weekends and Harmsworth proved he is capable of taking over the duties with a slick stumping of Norths batsman Terry Wreghitt.
"That was from Bob McQuire (delivery), he is pretty nice to keep to," he said.
However, the exertions of his work behind the stumps took its toll on Harmsworth who said he woke up sore yesterday morning.
"I'd rather do a 10km run than wicket keep," he joked.
Harth said the weather was a lot cooler than last week with a couple of very light showers.
The Gracemere side is set to take on Frenchville in the upcoming Twenty20 final, with Harth ready to take on the challenge.
"It will be a really tough game it just depends on what team performs on the day, both teams are fairly evenly matched," he said.
"But, we have been playing great cricket and have so far won all of our three games, even against Frenchville who we defeated earlier in the rounds.
"We definitely are hoping to be on top, with a few of the young guys coming back this week for the final.".
Gracemere takes on Frenchville at 2pm this Saturday at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
Twenty20 Premier Results
Frenchville (9/93) def Brothers (10/47)
Gracemere (6/137) def North's (9/136)
North's (10/115) def Brothers (10/110)