Hartley leads way for Rocky with classy century
CRICKET: Frenchville teammates Lachlan Hartley and Joe McGahan have starred in Rockhampton's win over Gladstone in the CQ Championships.
Sunday's match went down to the wire, with Gladstone rolled in the final over, just seven runs shy of the 204-run total.
Rockhampton skipper Aaron Harmsworth won the toss and decided to bat.
Coming in at number three, Hartley was the cornerstone of the innings, carving out a century from 119 balls.
Justin Peacock on 35 and Brent Hartley on 11 not out were the only other Rocky batsmen to reach double figures as the team finished at 8-204 from its 50 overs.
Harmsworth said he thought the total might have been a little bit short but was pleased the team managed to eclipse the 200-mark given it was 4-49 in the 19th over.
McGahan quickly stamped his authority on the game as Gladstone set about chasing down the runs.
He took the scalps of both openers on the way to a five-wicket haul, which fittingly included the final wicket of the game on the fourth ball of the final over.
Wicketkeeper Mark O'Keefe featured in four of McGahan's dismissals.
Rockhampton quick Ben Milne made a vital breakthrough in the 38th over, taking the wicket of David Heymer who on 96 looked likely to get Gladstone home.
Harmsworth said it was another good win for the Rocky side, which is firming as the favourite to take out the CQ title.
"We seem to keep winning these tight ones against Gladstone. We've got a lot of experience and we know what to do in pressure situations,” he said.
Rockhampton is now two from two after its win last month against Central Highlands and will line up against Callide-Dawson in the third game of the championships in January.
The under-21 CQ clash proved equally as entertaining and just as hard-fought, with Rocky reigning supreme.
"We got the win with one wicket and one over to spare,” Rockhampton skipper Kade Horan said.
"Gladstone won the toss and batted first. They got off to a flyer and were close to 0-100 at the first drinks break.
"Once we started holding our catches we got into the middle order and really started to slow them down.”
Gladstone finished at 6-225.
Rockhampton's run chase started well, with openers Julian Harris and Josh Davidson putting on an 80-run partnership.
Leighton Milburn also got among the runs, scoring 60.
"I think we made it a bit tougher than we needed to,” Horan said. "It was close and it was good to get the win.”