Gracemere’s in-form batsman Aaron Harmsworth on the attack against Norths.
Gracemere’s in-form batsman Aaron Harmsworth on the attack against Norths. MEGAN LEWIS

Jonassen shows how it is done

THERE were good scores from Aaron Harmsworth, Alex Raguse and Todd Wells but the stand-out man in this week’s shortened program of games was Frenchville wicketkeeper/ batsman Brendan Handley.

The top-of-the-table clash between Brothers and Frenchville was expected to produce a few fireworks but on Saturday Handley dominated the Brothers attack, staying at the crease from start to finish to help guide Frenchville to a total of 232 runs from its 40 overs.

Handley carried his bat, scoring 109 runs which included four fours and the same number of sixes as the Falcons put on a score that Brothers rarely looked like matching.

Todd Wells hit a half century and Trent Kenny 40 as Frenchville got to their total for the loss of just four wickets.

“Brendan has scored a lot of runs this season and hit another hundred before Christmas,” Frenchville captain Todd Wells said.

Rising star Jessica Jonassen once again showed she is a player of the future as she matched the guys with an impressive spell of bowling.

“She bowled very well, she was one of the pick (from Brothers),” Wells said.

Jonassen took the prized wickets of Trent Kenny and Joe McGahan and then caught out Michael Simmers from the bowling of Richie Pershouse.

“She was a bit unlucky as she was still bowling when we started to accelerate,” Wells added.

Jonassen finished with 2/42 from her eight overs with many of those runs coming late in her spell.

Brothers was on target to match the Frenchville total, reaching 100 off 20 overs with just one wicket down.

However, when the big hitting Ken Litschner holed out to Todd Wells from the bowling of Chaice Bidgood for 37 runs then wickets started to fall regularly.

Wells admitted he had given his players a serve during the drinks break at the midway stage of the Brothers innings.

“We were letting them back into it (the match) and not bowling to a plan,” Wells said.

“We only started doing that in the second 20 overs.”

Bidgood also claimed the wicket of the dangerous Dylan Bibby for 45 runs although a lot of the credit could go to Jason Wells who took a difficult catch, running away with the ball dropping over his shoulder.

Once again the best bowling figures for Frenchville came from Brock Siegert who took 3/10 and David Goltz with 2/21.

In the end Brothers fell 80 runs short of victory when all out for 153 runs in the 36th over.

Gracemere kept its season on track with a solid win over Norths Tigers, also at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.

Things started going the way of the Gracemere team before a ball was bowled.

With grey clouds gathering and following a short shower the two captains went for the toss.

“Norths won the toss and elected to bat. I was pretty happy as I felt the shower had juiced the pitch up a bit,” Gracemere captain Michael Harth said.

Three wickets apiece to Bob McQuire (3/29), Rhyce Philp (3-30) and Harth (3/30) kept the Norths total to 183 from its 40 overs.

All-rounder Justin Peacock was the pick of the batting hitting 45 runs from 53 balls.

“It was a very mature innings,” said Harth.

Craig Wilkes (17) and Greg Sorrensen (33) made starts but nobody in the Norths line up went on to build an innings.

A concern for Gracemere was the 19 runs conceded from wides.

Gracemere lost seven wickets in its run chase Alex Raguse getting the innings underway with a well compiled 65.

Raguse and Luke Johnstone (17) got their side away to a 56 run opening partnership but it required an unbeaten half century from the in-form Aaron Harmsworth (55) to get Gracemere to their target, with more than an over to spare, despite a good bowling display from Dave Armstrong who took 4/20.

Sunday’s two one-day matches in the Southern Star Sports Shield, Frenchville v Norths and Gracemere v Brothers fell foul of the weather.

Michael Simmers may not have gained much batting practice on Saturday, coming to the crease late in the innings and forced to swing from the outset, but he will have plenty of cricket over the next week.

The brilliant middle-order batsman has again gained selection for Queensland (under 23s) in the “Futures” competition.

Simmers has been selected for the three-day match against New South Wales at the Allan Border Fields starting Tuesday.

Then on Friday he will play for the Queensland Academy of Sport against an Indigenous XI in which former Rockhampton players Preston White and Chris Swain will feature.Simmers is included in the Rockhampton team to meet Central Highlands at Rockhampton Cricket Ground in the CQ Final on Sunday.

Southern Star Sports Shield

One day matches completed on Saturday.

Frenchville v Brothers

Frenchville 4/232 from 40 overs.

(Brendan Handley 109 no.Trent Kenny 40, Todd Wells 57. Jessica Jonassen 2/41)

Brothers 153 all out from 35.4 overs.

(Dylan Bibby 45, Ken Litschner 37, Rob Fitzgerald 20. Brock Siegert 3/10, David Goltz 2/21, Chaice Bidgood 2/42.)

Frenchville won by 79 runs

Gracemere v Norths

Norths 183 all out

(Justin Peacock 45, Greg Sorrensen, Bob McQuire 3/29, Rhyce Philp 3/30, Michael Harth 3/30)

Gracemere 7/184 in the 39th over

(Alex Raguse 65, Aaron Harmsworth 55 no. Dave Armstrong 4/20)

Gracemere won by three wickets

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