Revenge drives falcons to A Grade semi final win
THE Frenchville Falcons wouldn't say it, publicly at least, but revenge was their unyielding motivation for success in the Frenchville Sports Club A-grade Premiership semi-final.
Winning would obviously launch Joe McGahan's side into their first grand final since winning eight straight A-grade premierships (2005-2006 to 2012-2013) but defeating Brothers, who cracked their dreams 12 months before, carried a heavy emotional weight.
"We lost by one wicket in last year's semi final. They passed our score late on the second day," McGahan said.
"Things got a bit nerve-racking at the end, but we delivered sweet revenge in a similar way to what they did to us last year."
Jason Wells (34) hit the winning runs for Frenchville at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds, but his team could have ended the game earlier if not for Jac Smith-Williams's butter fingers.
"He (Jac) dropped Brothers Brendon Huth in the slips for two and he went on to be the game's highest scorer (43)," McGahan said.
"I think we dropped Kenny (Litschner) early on too, so we could have rolled them for a lot less."
But Callum Henderson planted himself in the mid-field to take a "classic catch" and send Litschner packing in the 44th over.
Medium left-arm pace bowler Chaice Bidgood fizzed outswinger after outswinger to claim Rhys Williams and Ray Doherty both for a duck.
"Chaice and Charlie Simic are two of our strongest bowlers and they proved that on the weekend," McGahan said.
Chasing 137 to win on the second day, Frenchville faced trouble with the bat at 1-40 when Nic Lotaski took his first of four wickets.
"Luckily we had a fairly consistent batting line-up, so everyone chipped in with a series of low scores," McGahan said.
The Falcons rallied together to finish 7-141 in the 82nd over, progressing through to the grand final against Gracemere this weekend.
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Frenchville Falcons 7-141 off 82 overs def Brothers 10-137 off 65.5 overs at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.