CRICKET: Despite hopes of overturning an unbeaten Frenchville Falcons team when they headed to the crease, Brothers fell to the defending champions in round five of the Rockhampton Cricket A-grade competition.

After bowling Frenchville's batting order over for 233 runs in 77.3 overs in their first innings last week, Brothers tried their luck with the bat against Frenchville's aggressive bowling attack on Saturday at Rockhampton Cricket Ground for the second day of the 80-over match.

Brothers' openers Liam Mulry (22) and Terry Tummon (44) took to the Frenchville opening bowlers and scored some quick runs assisted by Frenchville's poor fielding display. 

After the dismissal of Liam Mulry off a ball bowled by Brock Siegert during the eighth over, a steady stream of dismissals followed.

First drop Luke Reid and Les Berryman were both out for a duck, while skipper Richie Pershouse was sent walking with a paltry seven runs.

When Josh Marrinan (40) and Tim Reid (46) came together in the 32nd over the pair began chipping away, working towards the total runs required to put on a partnership of 76 before Reid was finally caught by Travis Applewaite.

Marrinan continued to plug away at the run chase needing four an over for the last 20 overs to win.

With the Frenchville opening bowlers David Goltz and Siegert back into the attack the runs started to dry up and the wickets started to tumble again until Ryan Kayes came to the crease and hit a solid 21 before being dismissed in the 73rd over, giving Frenchville the first innings win by 48 runs.

Siegert was by far the best of the Frenchville bowlers taking five wickets for 46 runs in his 23 overs, plus an amazing runout when he threw the ball from the bowlers end for a direct hit at the stumps to run out Luke Reid. 

Frenchville did not go into bat for a second innings as both captains called it a day.

Meanwhile, in the other A-grade game featuring Gracemere and Norths, Gracemere skipper Aaron Harmsworth said his side achieved what they set out to do and won their match outright.

"Last weekend Norths batted first and we had them all out for 97. We were 3/120 overnight and batted for 13 more overs to get another 85 runs," Harmsworth said.

After 56 overs, Norths bowled Gracemere out for 205 runs before going into bat for a second innings.

Norths second stint at the crease was shortlived, and they were all out for a meagre 35 runs. Gracemere bowler Luke Johnstone tore through the Norths' batting order, snaring 6-15.

Next weekend, A-grade teams will play a 40-over match. Frenchville will play Norths, while Gracemere face Brothers.

See Tuesday's Morning Bulletin for A-grade scoreboards.