Brilliant bowling required to save Frenchville
ONLY superb bowling can save Frenchville in their two-day Rockhampton Premier A-grade cricket game against Gracemere today.
It was fantastic bowling which placed Frenchville in this predicament in their 80-over innings last Saturday.
Gracemere tore through the Frenchville batting order, dismissing them for 120 runs and taking just 46.1 overs to do so.
Gracemere's Rion Banks was the master assailant, the left arm quick snaring the impressive figures of 5/43 from 15 overs.
So, with Gracemere resuming today on nine runs without loss, it will take a similar brilliant bowling performance from Frenchville if they want to claim victory.
And according to Gracemere skipper Aaron Harmsworth, they have a strike bowler who could emulate Banks' heroics, Brock Siegert.
And like Banks, Siegert is a left arm swing bowler.
"Frenchville bowler Brock is pretty handy with the ball, he can do plenty with it," Harmsworth warned.
"It's only his second club game back after taking a break, but in the rep game for Rocky against Gladstone last Sunday he bowled beautifully."
Beautifully indeed, Siegert took an incredible four Gladstone wickets for just four runs from only eight overs.
"Brock is a left arm medium, similar to Rion, and he's a very experienced cricketer.
"He can swing the ball both ways so he is the main danger for us.
Despite this, Harmsworth is confident his side can chase down Frenchville's modest total, but the first hour will be critical.
"I am pretty confident we will get the job done," Harmsworth said.
"I had a look at the pitch yesterday and I don't think it will do a lot.
"But the first hour will be critical for us.
"That's the key for us because that is when Brock could be at his best.
"He might be able to get a fair bit of swing happening and move the new ball with a bit of moisture about.
"If we don't lose wickets in the first hour and everyone has a good bat we should be okay."