Young Gracemere batsman Alex Raguse is in good touch to start the season as he faces up to Cap Coast paceman Stuart Keene.
Young Gracemere batsman Alex Raguse is in good touch to start the season as he faces up to Cap Coast paceman Stuart Keene.

O'Shea bats the boundaries

CRICKET: Capricorn Coast needed a miracle to get out of trouble in its Southern Star Sports Shield match against Gracemere at Yeppoon on Saturday.

It never came.

Chris O'Shea was a big reason why things did not go the way Coast captain Shaun Gilvear might have wanted as O'Shea took a liking to the bowling to smash his way to 110 off just 79 balls.

“He got into a bit of a groove,” Gracemere captain Michael Harth said in a major understatement.

O'Shea was in no mood to do a lot of running as his innings included 13 shots that went for four and another four that went all the way over the boundary rope.

Harth said O'Shea had no preferences for the type of bowling he faced.

“They all got attacked,” he said.

“When Chris is in that sort of mood he's hard to stop.”

Harth said O'Shea's century was mainly chanceless, after a tentative start he started to middle the ball and from that point the total began to mount until the Gracemere declaration was made at 8-286, a lead of 152 runs.

O'Shea was last man out, but the innings was not all about him, with Alex Raguse scoring 53 before given out leg before wicket from a ball by Stuart Keene.

Raguse had been in good touch and shared a partnership of 80 with Calvin Murray before O'Shea began his onslaught.

“They really set it up for us,” Harth said.

Keene was the top Coast bowler taking 2-46 from 16 overs.

Ashley Colley was another to take some wickets as he ended with the curious figures of 3-51 from just 6.3 overs of which one was a maiden.

“We then had another go at them,” Harsh said.

While Coast failed to fire in the first innings, they could gain some confidence from their second turn at bat, reaching 3-97 before the match came to a close.

Rhys Williams scored a stylish half-century while Keith Ford had a good start before getting out for 22 runs.

Young Gracemere off-spinner Gerard O'Keeffe gave his captain something to smile about as he came on for two overs, gaining figures of 2-3.

Next weekend Gracemere face Norths Tigers at Rockhampton Cricket Ground while Capricorn Coast meet Frenchville at the same venue.

Reports from the two one-day games played yesterday will be in Tuesday's Morning Bulletin.



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