Wells a big hit for Frenchville
A STRONG finish to the "Rockhampton Big Bash" season from a big-hitting Todd Wells led Frenchville to a spirited win against Gracemere in the Frenchville Sports Club's Twenty20 A-grade cricket titles on Saturday.
The Frenchville side progressed to the final at Kalka Shades on Saturday afternoon at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds after defeating Brothers in the final round games.
Batting first Frenchville finished at 4/137, after opening batsman Todd Wells (25) and Brendan Handley (57) combined for an opening partnership of 54 runs, which was pleasing for Wells.
"Handley scored 50 odd runs, he was by far our best batter," Wells said, "he was definitely the difference between the two teams, taking out player's player."
In response, the Harmsworth brothers, in the Gracemere middle-order, had Gracemere in a good position with wickets in hand as Aaron scored 32 and Todd 13.
At 4-88 Gracemere was in with a big chance of taking out the 2012 Twenty20 cricket series.
Frenchville swing bowler Chaice Bidgood quickly dispelled any thoughts of an upset, taking two wickets for just nine runs.
In the end the Frenchville target of 138 was too great with Gracemere falling short by 23 runs.
"Gracemere was undefeated going in to the final, so they had been playing some really good cricket," Wells said.
"We were very evenly matched, they played better than us in the rounds and we played better than them in the final."
"I think we learnt from our mistakes in the round games, executing our game plan and embracing the fast and the furious (pace of the game)."
As the Twenty20 series drew to a close many players were glad the grounds were not affected by weather.
"It was a great season, this time last year most of the fields were either soaked or under water," Wells said.
"It's a great break between the normal cricket season, the KFC Big Bash is also held in January which encourages the local comp."
Both sides are set to resume the second half of the longer version of the cricket season in February.
Yesterday in the corporate division the Hospital took on the 'Back on Track Eagles' whilst in second division Brothers faced Cap Coast.
Be sure to see this week's The Morning Bulletin for the corporate and second division reports.