Bulls win with last two balls
Cricket season is back, with Gracemere and Frenchville locking horns in a thrilling Round 1 game at the RGC
A Steven Munchow slogfest inspired Gracemere to an incredible win in the final over against Frenchville.
It was a game The Bulls had little right to win.
Set 206, itself a tricky task, made even more so when the umpires deducted four overs due to slow over rates, Gracemere were staring at a Round 1 defeat.
Skipper Mark O’Keeffe knew for his side to prevail, keeping wickets in hand was more important than quick runs at the start.
He set about with those tactics in mind, producing a fine partnership with all-rounder Justin Peacock (45).
Yet while wickets were in hand, the overs were creeping down at a rapid pace, Frenchville were keeping it tight.
Enter Steven Munchow. “It got to the point where the run rate was nine an over with about eight left, and yeah, it was getting a little out of reach,” O’Keeffe, who himself hit 41, said.
“That is when Munchow (38 off 32) and Ben Milne came together. They really upped the ante and got it down to six an over.
“We ended up knocking them over with just two balls to spare.
“We were quietly confident only due to the fast field. We knew from watching that if anything made it past the outfield it would be a boundary.
“I wasn’t too worried about the target, just keeping the wickets in hand.”
Frenchville newcomer and former Gladstone player Jason Seng proved a handful for Gracemere.
The Queensland Country player hit a wonderful 87 and chipped in with 2-29 with the cherry.
O’Keeffe said the win was made extra special against such a worthy opponent.
“We were down a couple of players from our grand final team, Aaron Harmsworth and Rion Banks are out,” he said.
“Frenchville put out a really strong team full of quality players.
“Jason Seng batted really well through the middle and into the lower order. He was their best for sure.
“I thought Justin Peacock bowled really well without luck. And Bryce Heal was excellent.”
In Round two, Gracemere face Cap Coast Parkana while Rockhampton Brothers host Frenchville.
Gracemere keeper Mark O'Keeffe makes a spirited appeal against Frenchville.
Frenchville batter Jason Seng sends one to the boundary on route to 87.