Frenchville's Callum McMahon against Gracemere.
Frenchville's Callum McMahon against Gracemere. Allan Reinikka ROK101216acricket

Premiers flex title muscles

CRICKET: Reigning Rockhampton A-grade premiers Frenchville enhanced their back-to-back credentials with a 54 run win over Gracemere Bulls.

Knowing the Bulls were missing key players Aaron Harmsworth, Ben Milne and Mark O'Keefe, Frenchville capitalised.

First-drop Callum McMahon set the tone with a gritty 54 and found support from Lachlan Hartley (31).

For once, skipper Joe McGahan failed with the bat but it mattered little, as McMahon guided his side to a competitive total.

IN FORM: Lachlan Hartley chipped in with a fine 31 against Gracemere, adding to his rep century last week.
IN FORM: Lachlan Hartley chipped in with a fine 31 against Gracemere, adding to his rep century last week. Allan Reinikka ROK101216acricket

From there, the Frenchville attack fired, dismissing the Bulls for just 95.

"Any win over Gracemere is worthy. We love playing against each other, they are fiery affairs but good ones,” McGahan commented.

"The players they were down took a hit... they still had players who could turn it for them though.

"Callum with another 50. He was very crucial in our score. He is just in good form, coming off another half century against Yaralla.

"He was hitting them really well and it allowed the other guys to bat around him.”

Cricket : Gracemere's Justin Peacock against Frenchville.
Cricket : Gracemere's Justin Peacock against Frenchville. Allan Reinikka ROK101216acricket

Justin Peacock (16*) provided lone resistant for Frenchville but could do little to plug the torrential onslaught.

McGahan and Charlie Simic snared three scalps apiece with Riley McGuire and Chaice Bidgood picking up two each.

Playing for double points, Frenchville now sit alone on top of the Cap Challenge and Rockhampton A-grade competitions.

It is, of course, a position they want and welcome, but as McGahan enthuses, the job is not over yet.

"It's hard to say with cricket, it's a funny game,” he said.

"Gracemere could fire differently to they did on the weekend. But if we end up meeting them, we are confident with this form.

Gracemere keeper Todd Harmsworth against Frenchville.
Gracemere keeper Todd Harmsworth against Frenchville. Allan Reinikka ROK101216acricket

"Our form is excellent. The whole team is firing.

"As I have said all year, we don't rely on single players which is awesome.”

Next week Frenchville travel to Gladstone to take on The Glen.



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