By Liam Emerton
The Rockhampton Cricket T20 grand final came down to the final two overs and it was the Rockhampton Brothers who clutched up.
Pitting the only two undefeated sides up against each other, the finale of the T20 competition did not disappoint with Rocky picking up a victory over the Frenchville Falcons.
Frenchville set the largest total of the season, finishing with 138 runs thanks to an unbeaten 45 runs from Brent Hartley and solid totals from the majority of the batting line-up.
With a decent total to chase down, Brothers started quickly through openers Hayden Busk and Murray Harch who combined for a total of 34 runs.
When Busk was dismissed, Harch was joined at the crease by Sam Guerin who put together an undoubtedly match-winning partnership.
Harch and Guerin made 72 runs and helped chase down a majority of the Falcons’ total before they were dismissed from back-to-back balls by Connor Jacobs for 54 and 30 respectively.
Jacobs’ hattrick ball didn’t faze Riley Connor who faced the pressure and earned a single run.
Needing 19 runs from 18 balls to win the match, Tim Reid was joined at the crease by Brethren Luke Reid after Riley Connor was run out.
The Reids produced some smart cricket between the wickets and with 8 balls remaining the pair needed 7 runs to deliver grand final glory.
With his eyes on the prize, Tim Reid smashed a ball well over the boundary line to produce a huge six which almost cleared the fence.
That gave Tim Reid a chance to win the match with the final ball of the 19th over, which he did, running off and celebrating with his teammates and Rocky fans.
The Fish’s top scorer and half century hero Murray Harch was very happy with the overall team performance.
“It feels great. It has been a long time since we’ve been in the grand final of anything,” he said.
“It’s really good to see the boys and what they can achieve when they put their minds to it and use the skill and ability they have.
“We didn’t bowl too bad considering it was cleary a really good batting pitch, there was no cut, no swing and not even any bounce.
“If we just played our shots and stuck to our plan which is this first six overs for us where we go hard and get the runs where we can and then just mosey on along for the rest of the innings where we can.”
Evaluating his own performance Harch was pleased that he can still get his eye in pretty quickly and contribute for the team but was full of praise for the two Reid boys who iced the game in the dying overs.
“Yeah it was not too bad. I can still see it when I need too,” he said.
“I’m really happy with that to help the boys get over the line and show them what a win feels like.
“Tim Reid has been part of the CQ team before and Rocky, and Luke is a class player out there when he needs to be.”
The Brothers Cricket Club will now run into the 40-over season full of confidence where once again they will face the Frenchville Falcons.
See pages 47 and 48 for a spread of photos from the T20 grand final.