Tigers claw back win
CRICKET: Last week’s matches in the Southern Star Sports Shield has set the competition alight.
Frenchville looked to be unbeatable but Norths Tigers turned the form book upside down by posting a big score and then putting enough pressure on the Falcons batsmen to restrict the scoring and take the match on a first innings lead.
Frenchville captain Todd Wells said all credit to Tigers for their tenacity but that was a match his players should look back on as “the one that got away”.
“It was one of those games where we got into a position to win it,” he said.
“We threw it away in our run chase.”
Most of the top order got away to good starts but, as Wells sees it, got out at critical times.
Wells was one who will look back on his own innings ending too quickly as he was set and then lost his wicket when just shy of his half century.
He sees today’s match against Gracemere as tough with his team’s chances of winning as being only 50/50.
“Gracemere are one of the form teams,” he said.
“They are a good one-day side.
“They have good batsmen and bowlers who put the ball in the right place.”
Certainly if Gracemere has its best eleven on the park they are capable of coming away with a victory as Aaron Harmsworth has been the top batsman in recent weeks while the bowling department is well served by captain Michael Harth.
Unfortunately two of Frenchville’s better performers will be absent.
Chaise Bidgood is unavailable while brilliant batsman Michael Simmers is recovering from surgery and misses this game.
Just when Brothers Southside captain Richie Pershouse is able to announce he has a full squad available, he also is forced to admit it will be the final game for one of his improving players.
“We will be at full strength for the first time this season,” the captain said.
However, he admits the loss of Brendan Davey after this match is a set-back as he has put in some solid lower order performances in recent weeks but is moving to Brisbane in the new year.
“He was a good prospect,” Pershouse admits.
“He’s very solid, hard to get out.”
Brothers will be going all out to give Davey a winning farewell but Pershouse knows Tigers will be full of confidence after inflicting the first loss of the season on Frenchville last week.
The Brothers captain knows the Tigers have the players to force an upset with Greg Sorrensen the dangerman with both bat and ball.
Another who can cause a few concerns is bowler James Parr who returned to the Tigers team after a brief retirement from the game.
“He can get you out if you don’t concentrate,” Pershouse warned.Game day
- Frenchville v Gracemere
- Brothers Southside v Norths Tigers
- Both are one-day matches are at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground today