Southern Star Shield match begins

CRICKET: Gracemere’s Aaron Harmsworth has a history of racking up big runs, but Brothers’ Robbie Fitzgerald is bowling powerfully.

And today the two teams go head-to-head in day one of the Southern Star Shield match at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.

Last weekend Brothers kept Frenchville down on runs with their top bowler, Robbie Fitzgerald, returning to the field for the first game this season.

“We will have Robbie Fitzgerald bowling again and it was our bowling attack that made us strong last weekend,” Captain Richie Pershouse said.

“We will bring that into tomorrow’s game and also build on our batting.”

But Pershouse said they would have to watch out for Gracemere’s top batsman, Aaron Harmsworth.

“Aaron is in good form at the moment and we are looking for him to continue in that form this weekend and for everyone else to help,” Gracemere captain Michael Harth said.

“We are looking to continue playing consistent cricket, if we look after what we can do we will be fine.

“We are not overly concerned (about Robbie Fitzgerald); we got the batsmen to score runs, so as long as we play every ball we should be fine.”

Harth said the plan of attack for Gracemere was to get a good start with their top order of batsmen and then hold through the middle order.

Pershouse admits it will be a tough game with Gracemere sitting at second place on the ladder.

“It think it will be another really tight game. They are second on the ladder and gave Frenchville a run for their money in their last game.”

The undefeated team, Frenchville, will also be hitting the Rockhampton Cricket Ground today for their day one match against Norths.

Frenchville captain Todd Wells will be hoping to celebrate his recent appointment as captain of the Queensland Country open team with a big game.

Wells will be stepping up for the Australian Country Championships at Albury Wodonga on January 3 next year.



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