Norths' AB Japakuma bats on an uneven wicket at Rockhampton Cricket Ground during the A-grade game against Gracemere. Photo: Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin.
Norths' AB Japakuma bats on an uneven wicket at Rockhampton Cricket Ground during the A-grade game against Gracemere. Photo: Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin. Allan Reinikka

Brothers restrict Frenchville to achievable target at RCG

CRICKET: Fastidious work with the ball saw Brothers restrict Frenchville to 233 runs Rockhampton Cricket's A-grade club competition.

Brothers' skipper Richie Pershouse said his whole team stepped in the field for the first day of the round five 80-over clash at Rockhampton Cricket Ground on Saturday.

The Brothers' captain anticipated a score of 270 or 300 runs, so to limit the competition leaders and defending champions to 233 runs in 77.3 overs was a good effort from his team.

Frenchville's opening batsmen Brent Hartley and Brendan Handley made good starts with 47 runs and 33 respectively, while Scott Connor chipped in with 29 along with the middle order's Nick Hills (25) and wicket keeper Lachlan Hartley (21) but Brothers' bowlers worked hard to prevent any solid partnerships forming.

Stalwart Les Berryman took three wickets for 32 runs, while Murray Harch also nabbed 3-42, while Josh Marrinan took 2-59.

Brothers would look to their senior batsmen including himself, and openers Terry Tummon and Liam Mulry for some big hits when they took to the crease next weekend, Pershouse said.

In the other A-grade fixture, the fourth placed Norths faced Gracemere who sit in third place currently.

Gracemere won the toss and sent Norths into bat on a very hard, dry and uneven wicket - unlike the neighbouring pitch. 

Norths were all out for 97, with Terry Wreghitt 17 and under-17 Central Queensland representatives Julian Harris (13) and Dyllan Page (11) batting well.

Gracemere were three for 120 at stumps, with Norths' debut bowler Prasanna Endahandi taking 2-39 in ten overs. Ben Walters bowled seven  overs and finished with 1-16.

The 80-over match continues this Saturday, at RCG, from 12pm.

For further club cricket coverage, see tomorrow's (Tuesday) Morning Bulletin.