Cricket: No final for Frenchville Falcons despite win
IT WAS always going to be a big ask for Frenchville to haul in the 10 points they were behind The Glen to book themselves a final berth against Gracemere.
And so it proved, despite defeating Rockhampton Brothers in the last round of the Capricorn Challenge on Saturday.
The Falcons won the toss and sent the Brethren into bat, on a moist wicket.
"The pitch was still a bit wet from the storm so we thought we might get a bit of bounce and movement from it," Frenchville captain Joe McGahan said.
"Batting would be a bit difficult in the first hour but it would dry out nicely for us in the second innings."
And the game went to script.
Making his debut for Frenchville, young quick Leighton Milburn didn't take wickets, but impressed his skipper nonetheless. He finished with 0-10 off six overs, including a maiden. But his nerves showed with two wides and two no balls.
"He got some swing early and also bowled nice and tight," McGahan said.
It was Lee Watkins who did the damage with the leather, with 3-27 off eight overs, including five maidens.
"Lee bowled extremely well," McGahan said.
"He got some wickets in the middle of the innings and then another at the end and really dried up their run flow."
Needing 150 for victory, the Falcons' chase started disastrously, losing premier batsman Jason Well in just the second over. But Brent and Lachlan Hartley steadied the ship.
"The Hartley brothers formed a strong partnership of around 60 runs, Lachlan finishing with 46," McGahan said.
The skipper made a half century himself and, with the middle order, safely guided Frenchville to victory.
"It was good to finish the Cap Challenge with a win," McGahan said.
"But we are disappointed to miss the final. The loss to The Glen cost us.
"You win some, you lose some. That's cricket."
Capricorn Challenge Rd 7
Frenchville 7-151 (34.4) def Rocky Bros 8-149 (40)