Frenchville opener Brendan Handley sets his sights on the boundary as he hooks his shot into Norths on-side field.
Frenchville opener Brendan Handley sets his sights on the boundary as he hooks his shot into Norths on-side field. Allan Reinikka

Peacock slows down Frenchville

FRENCHVILLE'S plan to dominate Norths by batting through its innings and setting a big score worked at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on Saturday.

That was until Justin Peacock started to make inroads into the Frenchville middle order.

Peacock had set himself the task of tying down the Frenchville batsmen with spin at one end while Norths' pacemen operated at the other in short spells to remain fresh.

While the plan stopped Frenchville's score from blowing out, the Falcons were handily placed for a late innings onslaught with just four wickets down for 237 runs.

"We had talked about batting through our overs," Frenchville captain Todd Wells said.

"Unfortunately Justin Peacock got a hat-trick."

Peacock's 25th over of the innings proved memorable as he took the prized "bowler's bag", claiming the wickets of Todd Wells, Brock Siegert and Scott Connor.

Peacock then had Brent Rothery caught in his next over to finish the day with the figures of 6-76 and Frenchville on 238 runs with just one wicket and five overs remaining.

For Frenchville captain Wells that was merely a glitch, especially if there is further rain during the week.

On Saturday he said the wicket played well but batsmen were unable to gain full value for their shots with the ball pulling up in the outfield when in other games the reward would have been a boundary.

Wells, himself, found few problems with the pitch or the outfield, taking the direct approach with six sixes and nine fours in his innings of 108 runs.

"I was pretty happy with the way I went," he said.

"Coming in at 2-70 there is a lot of pressure but I went out to be aggressive and keep the runs ticking over."

Wells runs came from just 106 balls faced.

While Wells' century was a highlight, the Frenchville captain was better pleased by the performance of the team's openers Brendan Handley and Ricky Sutton.

The pair put on 48 runs before a mix-up caused Handley to depart with his score on 30.

Sutton, who is still a teenager, went on to score his maiden A-grade half century to the delight of Wells.

"He's really coming along," he said.

"It is good to blood these young players into A-grade."

Wells said the game suffered a delay as the bowlers run-ups needed to dry out a little more after rain during the week and an early shower on Saturday.



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