Norths batsman Terry Wreghitt batting against Gracemere in last week’s innings at Kalka Shades.
Norths batsman Terry Wreghitt batting against Gracemere in last week’s innings at Kalka Shades. Chris Ison

Norths hoping rain clouds clear

RAIN, rain, go away, come again another day.

Rockhampton Cricket announced yesterday that today's Brothers versus Frenchville PFD Cup match was cancelled, after the central region received torrential rain during the week.

Frustration is sure to be setting in after day-two action in the PFD competition has been cancelled for the second consecutive match.

With the pitches already damp after weeks of rain, it didn't take much before the fields and wickets became too wet for competition.

However, despite the cancellation of the Brothers and Frenchville match, the Norths-Gracemere match is set to continue.

Officials will be assessing the pitch at Kalka Shades this morning to determine its playing condition.

For Norths pace bowler Andrew Keiler, it's not the rain dampening his spirits but his work commitments, which have forced him out of playing this week's second half of the round-two game.

Keiler said Norths were confident heading into today's second day of the 80-over match against Gracemere, which is sitting on 7-58.

"We were first bowled out for 92, which put a lot of pressure on our team when it came to bowling," he said.

"We didn't make enough runs, but the pitch was good for bowling, which helped us steal seven wickets."

Alongside teammate Chris Bath, Keiler made a total of 24 runs.

"We had a good partnership, which contributed well in our innings," Keiler said.

"I did all right in the bowling. I ended up with 3-14 off eight overs."

Heading into today's match, Keiler said his team would be reliant on its strike bowlers.

"Our aim is to get the last three wickets before they make 92," he said.

"If the pitch is in similar condition we should be all right.

"Personally, I think the pitch should be all right to bowl on," he said.

"Last week it didn't have much grass, which I doubt would have changed too much.

"It also depends on the overhead conditions. If it's cloudy it should help with the swing of the ball."

The Norths players will be watching the skies as they bid to come out on top against the dominant Gracemere side.

"We have had a pretty lean season," Keiler said.

"If we win this game and the next game we may be in with a chance of a third place.

"I think we have a pretty good chance as long as it's not called off.

"If it rains this weekend, it's nearly all over for Norths this year."



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