Rocky cruises to convincing win over CH Hawks
CRICKET: The swing bowling of Rockhampton's Rion Banks had the Central Highlands Hawks in a spin at the weekend.
Banks finished with three wickets as Rockhampton cruised to a commanding 145-run victory over the Hawks in the opening round of the CQ Championships played in Emerald on Sunday.
Rocky skipper Aaron Harmsworth won the toss and elected to bat.
Lachlan Hartley led the way, top-scoring with 65. He was ably supported by debutant Asher Colley with 43 not out, Harmsworth with 40 and Richie Pershouse with 23.
Rockhampton occupied the crease for the full 50 overs, finishing at 8-218.
The Hawks struggled to make any inroads in the run chase and lost five wickets in the opening session.
"Rion Banks bowled really well and ended up with three wickets, including a couple of their key batsmen in CQ players Cameron Keene and Craig Cullen,” Harmsworth said.
"The spin of Justin Peacock finished them off and they were all out for 73 in the 32nd over.
"What was pleasing about the win was that we had four people contribute well with the bat and all of our bowlers picked up wickets so it was a really good team performance.”
Rockhampton's next game is on December 4 when it hosts Gladstone, which scored a big win against Callide-Dawson on Sunday.
Rockhampton also scored a comfortable victory over Central Highlands in the under-21s.
The Hawks were dismissed for 146 in the 46th over and in reply, Rockhampton reached the target six down in just the 30th over.
Harmsworth said it was a great effort from the Rocky under-21 side, which had several 16-year-olds in its ranks.