It was over before it began

THE outcome was known, and so all Capricorn Coast could hope for was to show a little fight and possibly stave off an outright defeat.

It certainly failed on the second objective, losing the match with Frenchville at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground outright by seven wickets.

Frenchville declared 108 runs ahead of the Capricorn Coast's total of 137 all out and went for the victory.

Chances of sticking around and making life difficult for the reigning champion began to evaporate in the second over when Central Queensland representative player Karl Batey had the unfortunate Asher Colley caught by Jason Wells, thus registering his second duck of the match.

Not all Coast batsmen were going to surrender as teenage all-rounder Dylan Bibby proved. Top scorer in the opening knock, Bibby was again the backbone of his team's second turn at bat hitting 74 runs from 111 balls in an innings that included 11 boundaries.

However, while Bibby was trying to bat his team out of trouble, there were no substantial partnerships to assist his cause.

A partnership of 31 with opener Calvin Munro and 37 with a stubborn Mark Wiggington were more of a frustration for the Falcons rather than any threat.

Bibby fell victim to the spin of Jason Wells when the total was 106 with the tail wagging for the Coast as Rick Jones scored 41, Ian Clarkson 17 and Martin Weaver 19 as Coast reached 183 runs from 62 overs at the crease.

Needing just 76 runs for the win, Frenchville hit out and completed the task after just 10.2 overs.

It was always going to be difficult containing Frenchville but without pace bowlers Matthew Oakes and Stuart Keene it was impossible.

Bibby got the prized wicket of Todd Wells for one and Munro Jason Wells for a duck but 21 runs from Brock Siegert before he was bowled by Munro, an innings of 31 runs from 29 balls by Trent Kenny and a breezy 18 runs from 11 balls, including four boundaries, finished the match.

Munro was the best with the ball taking two wickets but those successes came at a cost as his five overs cost 33 runs.



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