CRICKET: Gracemere has suffered its second consecutive loss in the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge.
An understrength Gracemere was beaten by The Glen, while in other Round 3 results Frenchville cruised to victory over BITS and Cap Coast-Parkana beat Rockhampton Brothers.
As has become the norm this season, Gracemere lost the toss and was sent into bat at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
The team was missing five of its regular players and struggled to get any sort of rhythm going in the steamy conditions, bowled out for 110 in the 34th over.
Bryce Heal led the scoring with 23, and Jarl Kane (4) and Jake Barber (21) put on 26 runs for the final wicket to add some respectability to the score.
In reply, The Glen were eight down when they reached the total in the 27th over.
Strike bowler Kade Horan was Gracemere's best, taking 3-32.
Gracemere's stand-in skipper Ben Milne was impressed at the way his players stayed in the contest.
"It was very hot and the wicket was a little bit up and down which made it pretty tough to bat on,” he said.
"We were missing quite a few of our top-order batsmen which made it hard to post a better total.
"Despite scoring a relatively low total, we were never really out of the game. We hung in there and pushed hard to the end and our bowlers worked hard.
"Kade Horan's been our best bowler all year and was really good again and Thomas Shackleton took two wickets that helped keep us in the game.”
There will be no A-grade cricket this weekend, as the CQ Centurions rep side heads to Mackay for the final round of the North Queensland Championships.
The first round, which was to be played in Rockhampton on October 21 and 22, was washed out.
CQ are the defending champions and will be keen to stamp their authority in their games against Mackay and Cairns this weekend.
Milne is a member of the team, which he described as "strong and balanced”.
"I think we're looking pretty good. We've got a number of experienced guys who have been there before and a couple of talented young guys as well,” he said.