GETTING CLOSE: Gracemere opening batsman David Pezaros isn’t far off a big knock.
GETTING CLOSE: Gracemere opening batsman David Pezaros isn’t far off a big knock. CHRIS ISON CI

Pezaros set for a big hit

GRACEMERE opening batsman David Pezaros has got nothing to worry about.

Despite a troubled start to the season, Gracemere captain Michael Harth said he would show faith in Pezaros with Harth declaring Pezaros had the makings of a quality opening batsman.

“He’s got a solid technique, but he’s got a couple of great balls of late and it’s only a matter of time before he scores some runs,” he said.

Pezaros joined Gracemere for the start of the 2010/11 PFD Food Services Rockhampton Cricket A grade season after spending the majority of last season playing in reserve grade with Brothers.

The teenager is hoping to repeat some of the form he showed last season after he posted a couple of centuries in the reserve grade competition.

With the start of the season disrupted due to the wet weather and representative commitments, Pezaros wasn’t about to make excuses but thought he required a little more time batting in the nets this season.

“I’ve been working a lot and haven’t had much of a chance to practice,” he said.

Pezaros averaged in the mid-40s last season in the reserve grade competition and is hoping a big innings this weekend against Gracemere will help catapult him in the right direction to record similar figures in the top grade.

Frenchville aside, the three other teams in the competition have each recorded a single win this season and Gracemere captain Michael Harth is confident he has the players to shake up this year’s competition.

“We’ve got a relatively strong batting line-up,” he said.

“We saw in our last match (against Brothers) what these guys can do; it is only matter of time before they click.”

While they will be buoyed by their spirited Todd Harmsworth-led batting display last start against Brothers, they will not have that luxury this weekend.

Harmsworth strained his hamstring during his 41-run innings and failed to recover in time for today’s match.

Gracemere will also be without wicketkeeper and middle order batsman Mark O’Keeffe; and opening batsman and first-change bowler Luke Johnson.

To counter the loss of a number of senior players, following his 6-19 figures last weekend for the under 17 Central Queensland side, Travis Duff will suit up for his first game in the top grade this season.

Duff’s bowling and batting

ability will be vital in the middle to lower order for Gracemere, with Harth confident he’s got what it takes to step up.

“He’s played before, and he’s got a really good technique when he’s batting,” Harth said.

PFD Cup Round 5

Frenchville v Gracemere

Brothers Southside v Norths

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