Undermanned Cap Coast goes down
IT looks like Capricorn Coast is facing a long hard summer.
Getting beaten by Frenchville is no disgrace, as the other teams in the Southern Star Sports Shield series have experienced that, but not for the first time this year the team went into an A-grade fixture light on players.
Batting first at Yeppoon, Frenchville lost opener Todd Wells for a duck with the score on six.
However, that was an advantage the Coast was unable to capitalise on as the remainder of the top order got the champion side out of trouble.
Brent Rothery again impressed as an opener scoring 32 runs at better than a run a ball. Michael Simmers added a quick-fire 20 but it was Trent Kenny and Brock Siegert who led the charge to victory scoring 64 and 48 respectively.
Kenny provided the rock on which Frenchville built the innings, going to the crease with the score six and then keeping one end intact in a 102-ball innings before being the fourth wicket down and the score at 164. one the way he shared an 80 run partnership with Siegert.
With Frenchville chasing runs in the final five overs, following Kenny's departure, the wickets began to fall with the Falcons innings ending at 8-191 after 40 overs.
Dylan Bibby with 3-38 from seven overs was the most successful Coast bowler while Wade Hatchett with 0-20 from eight overs and Shane Brown 2-22 from six bowled tightly.
Martin Weaver also chimed in with three wickets but they came at a cost as he went for nearly seven runs an over.
Capricorn Coast's run chase never really got going.
Brock Siegert, Karl Batey and Chaice Bidgood ripped through the Coast's top order to have the home side tottering at 5-26 after 15 overs.
Asher Colley staged a mini-recovery to score 29 off 38 balls but the damage was done as the 10 man Coast team slumped to be all out for 90 runs in the 32nd over.
Just four Coast batsmen made it into double figures.
Siegert's figures were particularly impressive, taking 3-9 off six overs but most Frenchville bowlers had a share of the wickets to fall.
Chaice Bidgood was also on the money taking three useful wickets for just 20 runs while bowling out his full eight overs.
Frenchville had the bye in yesterday's round of one-day matches