Rocky skipper blazes his way to maiden rep century
CRICKET: Aaron Harmsworth scored his first rep century in Rockhampton's big win over Central Highlands on Sunday.
The skipper top-scored with 102 as the home side racked up a mighty total of 345 from its 50 overs in the opening round of the CQ Championships at the Rocky Cricket Ground.
Rockhampton won the toss and elected to bat, Shaun Gilvear and Luke Johnstone setting the tone for the innings with a 90-run opening stand.
Gilvear finished with 66, Todd Harmsworth made 54 and Lachlan Hartley 45 as the runs flowed freely.
"Shaun and Luke got us off to a perfect start and we were going at a steady seven or eight runs an over for the whole innings,” Aaron said.
"It was a nice batting track and a quick outfield. Opportunities arose and we took advantage of them.
"We went in with a very strong batting line-up with the intention of making plenty of runs and that's how it played out.
"We finished with 345 which would be one of the highest scores Rocky has made in a long time.”
In a bid to deepen its batting stocks, Rockhampton went into the game with three spinners - Jason Wells, Justin Peacock and Logan Whitfield.
That selection decision paid off, with the finishing with seven wickets, Wells leading the way with 4-51 from his 10-over spell.
Central Highlands hung tough in the run chase, dismissed for 185 in the final over.
Aaron said it felt pretty good to notch up his maiden rep ton and for the side to score such a convincing win in the season opener.
Rockhampton's next game is against Gladstone in Gladstone on December 3.
Meanwhile, on the local scene and Frenchville continued on its winning way in the Cap Challenge with a comfortable victory over Rockhampton Brothers on Saturday.
Frenchville skipper Joe McGahan was in good form, top scoring with 70 and bagging three wickets.
Gracemere scored a bonus point win over Cap Coast Parkana, reeling in the required 118 runs in the 24th over.
In the third fixture of the round, The Glen defeated fellow Gladstone side BITS.