Star in new push for rep honours
EVEN with a number of reserve grade players and Jason Wells standing in for brother Todd as the team captain, Frenchville was too powerful for bottom side Norths.
In fact, the captaincy was no burden to Wells for the game played at Kalka Shades on Saturday.
He scored a half-century and then pegged back the Norths batsmen, taking 1-11 from his eight overs.
"The ball is starting to come out nicely," he said of his bowling action.
For an attacking off-spinner, the Rockhampton tracks usually offer little, but Wells said the Kalka Shades wicket had areas of rough where if he got his line and length correct, rewards were on offer.
Needless to say Brock Siegert was also in the thick of the action and giving Queensland Country selectors yet another wake-up call to provide him with the representative honours he deserves.
Siegert scored 56 not out, showing a mixture of patience and then opening up to punish the bowling as the Frenchville innings was drawing to a close.
As always, Siegert bowled tightly, taking 2-11 from his six overs and then to add further weight to his credentials as an all-rounder, ran out two Norths batsmen while in the field.
Wells, too, is mystified as to why Siegert was not an automatic selection for North Queensland and Queensland Country.
"He has done everything they could ask of him," he said.
"He can bowl a lot of overs and gets better when he comes back after a couple of spells."
Wells said Siegert was not merely a talented athlete but also a deep thinker of the game.
In the end, the 77-run win was conclusive but Wells conceded the Norths top order did pose his team with a few early problems.
While the going was steady, opener Liam Mulry (33 from 76 balls), Ray Stanley 14, Justin Peacock 23 and Jeff Joyce 18 eased Norths to 3-83 and in a position to launch a late innings assault on the bowling.
However, the next seven wickets produced little resistance with Norths being dismissed for 102 all out.
Wells said the youngsters in the Frenchville team did well, if not with the bat then in the field.
Ricky Sutton will be particularly happy with his effort.
Usually an opener for the Central Queensland under-17 team, Sutton was given the task of batt
ing late in the innings and completed the job to his captain's satisfaction by keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Lachlan Hartley was not quite so lucky as he was asked to open but fell early to a Chris Bath delivery.
Wells said they had decided to let Hartley open rather than Sutton as his run-scoring record was superior.
Another to impress for Frenchville was Wade Hawkins who came into the starting line-up as Karl Batey was unavailable.
Hawkins took 2-23 from his eight overs, snaring both Mulry and Peacock.
For Norths the best with the ball was Alex Grundy with 3-32.