Brothers skipper Murray Harch with his boys Lewis and Jonty.
Brothers skipper Murray Harch with his boys Lewis and Jonty. Allan Reinikka

Little champs starting young

IF LITTLE Jonty Harch continues to show promise with the bat and ball, he could take his dad's spot in the Brothers A-grade cricket team. Well, not just yet.

Brothers co-captain Murray Harch will join his sporty son, Jonty, 2, on the sidelines when the PFD Cup Rockhampton A-grade competition continues at Kalka Shades tomorrow.

Harch, who turns 33 on Monday, will miss Brothers' first two-day split innings clash with Norths due to a foot injury from last weekend's action.

Scans this week cleared Harch of a fractured right foot but the match-winning all-rounder will rest up ahead of his team's next match against competition frontrunners Frenchville.

"It's not fractured, which is possibly the good news," Harch said yesterday.

"I'm pretty confident the boys can overcome Norths without me, but in saying that, look what happened last weekend against Gracemere."

Second-placed Brothers are coming off back-to-back one-day losses to Frenchville and Gracemere, with Harch's men bowled out for just 92 against Gracemere at Kalka Shades last Saturday.

"Against Frenchville I was pretty happy with how we performed but we were probably 20 runs short," Harch said.

"Last week against Gracemere, I don't know. Everyone that got out, all 10 of us, played stupid shots."

In a first for Rockhampton cricket this weekend, the PFD Cup A-grade competition moves into two-day split innings fixtures for the first time.

The team that bats first tomorrow will face 40 overs before the other team bats their allocated 40 overs. The following weekend team one resumes at the crease for a maximum of 40 overs and then team two completes the rest of their overs.

Rockhampton Cricket officials have adopted the split innings format this season to maintain interest in games for players and spectators, ensuring each team has an opportunity to bat and bowl each week, as well as combating shift work.

Harch will get the chance to soak up the exciting new format from the sidelines tomorrow with his two sons Jonty and Lewis, who was born in May.

"The boys get along every Saturday. (Wife) Georgina likes to get them out of the house and it gives her a bit of a break," Harch said.

"Jonty takes his bat and ball down and finds someone to throw balls to him."

It looks like dad will be that person this weekend.



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