Best ever bat from Wilkes ? 116 runs
ROCKHAMPTON opening batsman Craig Wilkes was yesterday evening relishing his "best ever'' batting performance.
Wilkes, 23, belted 116 runs off 89 balls in the Rockhampton open team's demolition of Callide Dawson in the Central Queensland Cricket Championships final at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds yesterday.
The 116-run innings followed a 124-run knock for CQU Tigers in their club cricket win over Frenchville on Saturday.
"It's definitely by far the best I've ever batted ? most of the shots were coming off the middle,'' Wilkes said.
"I haven't had too many centuries before and it's good to have them back-to-back.''
Rockhampton were in destructive form yesterday amassing 285 runs before ending Callide Dawson's run on 98 runs.
Wilkes had strong support once again from Yeppoon's Shaun Gilvear (52) and Rockhampton's Brendan Dunbar (39).
Former Callide Dawson player Andrew "Big Bob'' Keiler did the damage with the ball, tearing through his former team-mates snaring 6/34 (10 overs).
Rockhampton captain Todd Wells could not be happier with his team's turnaround in form.
Wells targetted Wilkes' innings as "really hurting'' the opposition early in the day with Dunbar and Gilvear's innings capping it all off.
"It was disappointing last year to not even make the final, but this season we've won all our games and we played our best cricket in the finals,'' Wells said.
Rockhampton were forced into some late changes after Brothers pairing Scott Mansfield (hip) and wicketkeeper Richie Pershouse (ankle) were ruled out with injury.
Frenchville's Brock Seigert was on standby for a call-up from the Rockhampton under21's, however, he injured his back playing club cricket on Saturday.
"It was a bit dodgey on Saturday afternoon,'' Wells said. Brothers Murray Harch and Frenchville's Jason Wells answered the call-up.
Gladstone and Central Highlands teams also played in the open competition this season.