Opening day defeat for local cricket sides
CRICKET: BITS and The Glen will both look to put opening day defeats behind them after an unwanted start to the 2017/18 Frenchville Sports Club A-Grade season.
BITS won the toss and elected to bat at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground, but that's as good as it got for the visitors who struggled for runs.
Despite being rolled for only 62 in the 40-over match, BITS captain Terry Sawyer was satisfied with the grit and determination on display from his side.
"We batted for 34 overs and a lot of our guys were playing above their ability,” he said.
"We didn't give our wickets away, which was pleasing that everyone dug in and had a crack.”
Gracemere wasted little time chasing down the small total, winning the match in the 13th over with eight wickets to spare and claiming a bonus point in the process.
BITS were understrength with a number of first eleven regulars missing from the side due to work and other commitments.
Sawyer expects to have more players back on deck this weekend when they play their first home match of the season against Rockhampton Brothers at BITS Oval.
"About seven or eight of our guys were playing their first game of A-Grade,” he said.
"Hopefully the guys who said they're keen to play are playing so we can get a consistent side week in, week out.”
It was a closer contest for The Glen against Rockhampton Brothers but the result remained the same.
Brothers won the toss and elected to bat, making a intimidating total of 265 from 40 overs.
The Glen fell agonisingly short of Brothers' total, making 252 from its innings.
Skipper Dave Heymer top scored for The Glen with a valuable 85, but was disappointed he couldn't add more to his total.
The Glen suffered a late-innings collapse as they threw caution to the wind in an effort to reach Brothers' target.
"We batted pretty well but were disappointed we lost after going that close,” Heymer said.
"Brothers batted alright but we dropped a few catches and had some opportunities that didn't go our way.”
The Glen will look to get back on track against Cap Coast at Sun Valley Oval this weekend.
Meanwhile in the reserves T20 competition, Yaralla defeated BITS Colts by four wickets after chasing down 103 runs with three overs to spare.
It was Yaralla's first game back in reserve grade for two years.