Gracemere says now Frenchville can worry

CRICKET: Frenchville may have set the bar high with 294 runs on the opening day of the Southern Star Sports Shield match last weekend but Gracemere sees no reason why they can’t top it in day two.

Last weekend the teams met for day one of the game and Frenchville exceeded expectations with Brent Rothery totalling 155 runs in partnership with Trent Kenny and captain Todd Wells.

And although Gracemere captain Michael Harth admits Frenchville’s score will not be easy to match he is still confident in his team.

“It’s a pretty good score but I can’t see any reason why we can’t match it, as long as we start off good and apply ourselves with the bat we should get those runs,” he said.

The Gracemere batters won’t face the Frenchville bowlers with force but rather with patience, said Harth.

“Runs will be hard to come by but we have to be patient and wait for the bad ball,” Harth said.

“We have an all-round strong batter line-up and partnerships, and we need to work well together to get a score that size of Frenchville’s.”

Harth said the team had been batting well and had improved consistently throughout the season which should show on today’s game.

“Frenchville is a good all-round team as well, it should be a good game and one we are looking forward to,” he said.

The teams face each other today at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds at 12pm.

  • Capricorn Coast will go into day two of their match against Brothers with a bruised ego after Brothers claimed 304 runs with the loss of just eight wickets.

Last weekend’s match left little room for the imagination with big scores from Murray Harch who scored 82 runs and Tim Reid with 81.

And Brothers will now step on to the field today in hope of an outright.

Brothers captain Richie Pershouse is confident they will succeed.

“We have to get maximum points and then hopefully we will get them outright,” he said.

Though last weekends game was a big score, Pershouse was confident that his team could pull it off, though not as quickly.

“We didn’t expect to get the runs so fast but we did expect to get a few wickets after we declared,” he said.

Capricorn Coast and Brothers will play today at 12pm at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.

SOUTHERN STAR SPORTS SHIELD

ON Day two of Southern Star Sports Shield match. Gracemere will meet Frenchville and Brothers will take on Capricorn Coast Saturday at 12pm.



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