Rockhampton paceman Ben Milne gets into his work.
Rockhampton paceman Ben Milne gets into his work. Allan Reinikka Ar

Partnerships ensure Rocky's win

THE WIN against Callide Dawson might not have been clear cut but for skipper Richie Pershouse it could hardly have been better.

“I’m over the moon,” he said.

The Biloela-based team made the Rockhampton Open representative team fight all the way for the win with the skipper conceding if had it not been for two good partnerships the result could have gone the other way.

“If they had made 200 runs they would have won,” he said.

The Rockhampton Cricket Ground pitch was not one for the stroke players with the ball keeping low and not coming on to the bat quickly.

“I batted for an hour and 20minutes and scored 17 (runs),” the normally quick-scoring Pershouse reported.

“We just couldn’t score any boundaries.”

During Pershouse’s stay at the wicket was young all-rounder Dylan Bibby who went to record the top score of the Rockhampton innings with 36 runs.

“Dylan batted very maturely,” Pershouse observed.

In hot conditions the visitors had first turn at batting but struggled to get on top of the Rockhampton attack.

“All six bowlers I used went well,” the captain reported.

As always Brock Siegert led by example while young paceman Ben Milne chipped in with a couple of wickets as the visitors were restricted to just 170 runs.

Apart from captaining the Rockhampton team, Pershouse handed the gloves to young Frenchville keeper Brendan Handley.

“I was in the covers, I love fielding,” he said.

Aside from Bibby and Pershouse the game-saving partnership came from Jason Wells and Siegert who played their part in getting Rockhampton past the target with four wickets and 11 overs remaining.

The win means Rockhampton gets the home final although at this time the opposition is not known.

“I just hope they prepare a good wicket for us,” Pershouse said, hinting that a bit more bounce and carry would be to his liking.

The final is scheduled for mid-February.



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