Opening batsman Geoff Joyce got Norths off to a winning start against Frenchville during their run chase on Saturday.
Opening batsman Geoff Joyce got Norths off to a winning start against Frenchville during their run chase on Saturday. Allan Reinikka

Norths Tigers stick claws in

AS THE country's football codes celebrated their season finals at the weekend it was only fitting Norths Tigers put in a grand final-like performance.

The Tigers upset Frenchville Falcons in their round three Rockhampton Cricket Incorporated PFD Cup match on Saturday afternoon, reaching the reigning premiers' 10 for 146 in the 39th over to record their first win of the 2011/12 season, and hand rookie captain Justin Peacock his first A-grade career win.

Despite missing Keiler and classy opening batsman Ray Stanley, Norths reversed the result of last year's grand final to upstage the previously unbeaten Frenchville team, who struggled from the opening over.

"It was a real good win. We bowled really well considering we didn't have our main strike bowler in Bob (Keiler)," an ecstatic Peacock said yesterday.

"We bowled real tight and just put pressure on them and they couldn't withstand it."

Bowling first, Norths' attack, led by medium pacers Chris Bath and Alex Grundy, ripped through the Frenchville top order, with opening batsman Brent Hartley and number three Joe McGahan both victims of Bath for a duck.

Bath, Grundy and Peacock were the pick of the Tigers' bowlers, with the trio taking nine of the Tigers' 10 dismissals.

With the bat in hand, it was Brisbane-bound youngster Hayden Busk who steered Norths to the nail-biting win.

Promoted up the order to number three, Busk finished unbeaten on 58, while number eight batsman Grundy (20 not out) was superb in the dying moments supporting Busk.

"I wanted to give him (Busk) a go higher up the order because he's got the potential, but batting down the order he doesn't get to spend much time in the middle," Peacock said.

"He made the most of it. He got dropped late in the innings, but apart from that he didn't play a loose shot."

Frenchville opening batsman Brendan Handley praised Norths' bowlers.

"They didn't have any quick bowlers. They just bowled in the right spot and we were poor with our shot selection," he said.

"They bowled good areas, and we're used to being patient and making the most of the loose balls, but they didn't come all that often and we didn't handle it very well," Handley said.



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