Peacock scores maiden century, Bulls claim Premiership
PROLIFIC Gracemere all-rounder Justin Peacock continued his remarkable run of form with a century to help the Bulls claim their second consecutive Frenchville Sports Club A grade premiership.
Peacock's sublime summer continued as he scored his maiden century to put the Bulls in firm control of the 100-over grand final after day one at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
The Gracemere number seven batsmen finished the day on an even 150 as he and Rion Banks (5 not out) survived the second new ball to finish their innings at 9-342.
The 25-year-old's graceful century continued an almost unprecedented level of dominance for Peacock over cricketing giants Frenchville Falcons after he bowled.captain Joe McGahan out for 16.
"It was a special performance for him, he's a very good cricketer with both the bat and the ball," Gracemere captain Aaron Harmsworth said.
"His ability speaks volumes and I have no doubt he will continue to make a name for himself in the Central Queensland cricketing world."
Gracemere medium-pacer Luke Johnstone was the pick of the Bulls bowlers, taking 4-42 from 20 overs alongside teammate Michael Harth who took 3-23.
"We were very confident on the second day, we knew not too many teams could chase down 300-plus in a final," Harmsworth said.
"Our bowlers backed it up and bowled really well, despite the damp conditions."
Falcons opener Brendan Handley was dismissed for 18 in the 15th over as his side reeled at 2-43 with the game in the balance.
However, just like Frenchville Falcons did during their nine-year dominance of the Rockhampton cricket scene, Gracemere Bulls found a way to win.
The A grade team went through the season undefeated to claim the minor premiership and premiership, on the back of a Capricorn Challenge and Twenty20 premierships wins.
"We thought last season would be hard to emulate," Harmsworth said.
"To win back-to-back premierships proves just how strong we are as a club."