Simic strikes early to set up big win for Frenchville
CRICKET: Charlie Simic tore through Cap Coast- Parkana's top order to set up Frenchville's bonus point win in Rockhampton A-grade cricket yesterday.
The opening bowler's three wickets combined with a run out and a wicket from skipper Joe McGahan had Cap Coast reeling at 5-24 in the ninth over.
Enter Lachlan Knuth who helped settle things in the middle order with a valuable innings of 38.
Captain Ash Colley (13), Dylan West (18) and Brad Dunsby (16 not out) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures as Cap Coast finished their innings on 130.
In reply, Frenchville cruised to victory in the 21st over courtesy of a classy 77 not out from opener Jason Wells and an unbeaten 30 from Brent Hartley.
The victory sets up an exciting battle for the minor premiership between Frenchville, the reigning champions, and Gracemere with just two games of the regular season to play.
McGahan said it was an important win for his side.
"The massive difference between this week and the last couple of weeks is we haven't lost any early wickets in our batting and we were able to get a roll on,” he said.
"Getting those early wickets helped us build the momentum for the rest of the day.
"We'll be feeling good heading into our last game in two weeks time against Gracemere. Our top order got runs today so that will help with the confidence and most of our bowlers are taking wickets so everyone's doing their job.”
Colley said the shining light in what was a pretty ordinary performance from Cap Coast was Brad Dunsby, who got some runs and took the only two wickets to fall.
He said the players would be looking for a better showing in their last match of the season against Gracemere next week.