Handley destroys Brothers
THE plan to take the pace off the ball to thwart Frenchville batsmen misfired for Brothers as Brendan Handley destroyed the Brothers attack in the opening overs.
The eagerly awaited Twenty20 final at Rockhampton Cricket Ground on Saturday produced a good crowd and sparkling cricket but not the close finish that might have been anticipated.
Brothers had used the ploy of opening with spin successfully in the past for this form of the game but Frenchville was not being dictated to, with Handley and fellow opener Michael Simmers forcing Brothers captain Richie Pershouse into a rethink.
The Frenchville pair were brutal on the Brothers bowlers and raced away to hammer 50 runs off the opening five overs.
Brothers never fully recovered from the onslaught, with Handley clubbing a half-century and Simmers hitting a quick-fire 30.
“They set the platform,” spokesman for Frenchville Todd Wells said.
“They opened with spin and Brendan hit 16 off the first over.”
From that point the champion Frenchville team went on to amass a total of 150 from their 20 overs – a tough target but not unreachable unless you lose quick wickets.
But that is exactly what Brothers did, with three top-order batsmen back in the pavilion before the chase got going.
“Most of the guys chipped in with a score,” Wells added.
David Goltz and Joe McGahan put together a partnership to add to the Brothers misery.
Wells felt the Brothers plan of holding back their better performed medium pacers until late in the piece had backfired.
Brothers did rally with a middle order partnership between Dylan Bibby and Rob Fitzgerald edging them closer to the target but once that stand was broken so was the Brothers resistance.
“Their inexperienced guys in the tail couldn’t do it,” Wells said.
Frenchville had held back Brock Siegert and captain Jason Wells and helped to restrict Brothers to a total that was 40 runs short of victory.
“It was the first few overs of each innings that decided the match,” Wells said.
“We are all happy at how our group of players are progressing.”