Great weekend for Aaron Harmsworth
IT doesn’t matter what level of cricket he turns out in, Aaron Harmsworth continues to dominate the opposition bowling.
On Saturday Harmsworth was the top scorer for his club side Gracemere, in the match with Brothers Southside, scoring 68 not out. Then he went out the following day to crack another 62 runs, this time batting for the Rockhampton open representative team in its fixture with Gladstone at Yaralla.
“He’s in great form, he’s the in-form batsman of the competition at the moment,” Rockhampton captain Todd Wells said.
Coming in with the Rockhampton score at 88, Harmsworth and Jason Wells put on a 109 run partnership to put the visitors in the box seat.
Gladstone won the toss and decided to bat on a worn track that offered very little to the bowlers.
Despite some of the Gladstone top order making starts, the tight bowling of the Rockhampton attack forced the home players into making rash shots.
Matthew Inwood looked as if he might steer his team to a sizeable total but was bowled by Jason Wells when he had reached 41, hitting six boundaries and one six.
Coming in at six, Liam Kirk also scored 41 before he too was bowled, this time by Brock Siegert.
In the end Gladstone got to 213 all out from its 50 overs, a total that was 30 or 40 runs short of where it would have expected to be. The main problem for the home side was the failure to build at least one substantial partnership during the innings.
For Rockhampton there were some good displays with the ball. Siegert and Jason Wells each took two wickets and were economic when bowling their full 10 overs.
Ken Litschner could also be happy with his six overs which cost him just 18 runs.
Todd Wells said he was also very happy with the way his two young bowlers, Ben Milne and Tim Reid went about their work.
“Ben went well (taking three wickets) in just his second open age (representative) game and overall I was happy with Tim in his first,” Wells said.
At its turn at bat an opening stand of 73 runs from Richie Pershouse and the brutal Litschner who clubbed a half century in just 44 balls, set up the win.
Although the innings stuttered briefly, losing for wickits for 15 runs, Harmsworth and Jason Wells saw Rockhampton home to a comfortable win with six overs to spare.
The next representative fixture for the Rockhampton open side is in two weeks when Biloela visits the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
In the Open grade match at Biloela Central Highlands proved to be too strong for Callide Dawson.
Batting first Callide Dawson was dismissed for 167 runs as all the Central Highlands bowlers performed well. Steve Cullen was most successful with 4-33 while Jim Whyte, Peter Randles, Kelvin Murray and Mitch Roberts all took wickets while still restricting the run rate.
Murray with 43 and Mick Forrest 68 not out were the main contributors as the Biloela team cruised to victory.