GALLERY: Banks and Milne shine as Frenchville collapse
FRENCHVILLE were at full strength for their Rockhampton Premier A Grade top of the table clash with Gracemere on Saturday and skipper Joe McGahan was hopeful they would bat out the full 80 overs in the two-day game and make 300-plus runs.
But a bowling masterclass from Gracemere's pacemen Rion Banks and Ben Milne had Frenchville bundled out in just over half the allotted overs and they made significantly less than half the desired runs.
Frenchville fell for 120 runs in just 46.1 overs, with left arm pace bowler Banks claiming an impressive 5/43 from 15 overs and sending down three maidens.
He was ably supported by Milne who claimed 2/10 off just eight overs, five of them maidens.
Gracemere's Justin Peacock chipped in with 2/22.
"Rion has been with us for a couple of seasons and that is his best bowling performance yet," Gracemere captain Aaron Harmsworth said.
"That was his first A Grade five-wicket haul and it was a very controlled spell of bowling.
"He was swinging the ball both ways."
Going into the match, Frenchville were looking for solid innings from their in-form first drop Lachlan Hartley and returning middle order batsman Jason Wells, but both fell cheaply.
Hartley was caught Milne bowled Andrew Johnson for 14, while Wells fell for just one run, trapped leg before wicket by Banks.
Three other Frenchville batsman also failed to score more than one run, including captain McGahan, opener Jac Smith Williams and Brock Siegert.
It was left to the lower order to add some respectability to the Frenchville score card, with number eight Travis Applewaite top scoring with 39 runs and number nine, Chaice Bidgood the next best with 28.
In reply, Gracemere were nine runs without loss.
Harmsworth is confident his side can get the job done next Saturday, but is wary of a wounded Frenchville.
"If we are patient and make the right shot selection we should be okay," Harmsworth said.
"We have plenty of time and overs at our disposal.
"But Frenchville won't go down without a fight."
A Grade Cricket
Frenchville 10/120 (46.1 overs)
Gracemere 0/9 (4)