IN FORM: Sam Lowry made a valuable 54 to continue recent run of solid scores.
IN FORM: Sam Lowry made a valuable 54 to continue recent run of solid scores. Mike Richards GLA091217CRIK

Home sides go down against the best teams

CRICKET: A batting collapse by The Glen where it lost 5-3 after a 2-86 start at the first break led to a five-wicket loss against Gracemere in the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge at Sun Valley on Saturday.

The Glen's best three batsmen - Sam Lowry (54 runs), Jason Seng with 24 and captain David Heymer (15) were the best as The Glen were bowled out for 120.

David Haymer with a lovely cover drive for 4.The Glen v Gracemere.
SWEET SHOT: David Heymer smashes the ball through the covers for four against Gracemere. Heymer made 15 runs in The Glen's five-wicket loss at Sun Valley on Saturday. Mike Richards GLA091217CRIK

Gracemere made the total with five wickets at hand.

"It was pretty disappointing from the position we were in," Heymer said.

"We bowled pretty well taking five wickets, but it was always going to be hard work only defending 120."

Meanwhile in the other match, a superb unbeaten104 runs from BITS captain Terry Sawyer was not enough to give his side win number one against undefeated Frenchville.

While the BITS skipper downplayed his own effort, he said his young team are improving with each game and had it capitalised on a couple of missed opportunities, the result may have been different.

Frenchville, led by Joe McGahan's 70, went on to chase down the target with four wickets to spare.

"It was a pretty good game and we had three chances in a space of about seven balls when Joe McGahan was batting," Sawyer said.

"He basically batted right through the innings and he's a quality batsman and got out when they had one run to win."

However Sawyer saw plenty of positives and said his team finished about 20 runs short.

"Everyone chipped in with partnerships of about 40 and our opener Nigel Fritz made only 12, but he saw off the new ball and Josh Finlay made a quick 19 which helped us push our total to 171," Sawyer said.

"I was our best performance by far and we have improved over the past six games and it was pleasing to compete with Frenchville.

"We have a pretty inexperienced side and even a lot of the older players have not played a A-grade games," Sawyer said.