Biloela all-rounder named in championships team

By RACHAEL BORICH

BILOELA all-rounder Adam Matthews could be a breath of fresh air to this season's new look CQ open team.

Matthews was named in the 12-man team during the week to play Mackay Whitsunday in the opening round of the North Queensland Championships at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds this weekend.

He arrives completely unknown to both his opposition ? and his team mates.

"I'll have to get used to some fresh faces, it's a simple transitional phase,'' said Matthews, who considers himself a medium to fast bowler and can open the batting.

"It will be pretty interesting to see what competition I come up against.''

However, he remains uncertain of his role in the Central Queensland team, but should be able to paint a clearer picture after the team's first meeting on Wednesday.

Matthews, 24, arrived in Biloela only last April.

His first appearance in the region was playing for Colts in the opening round of the Callide Dawson 2005-06 season, which hit off yesterday.

Waiting to make an impression in CQ Queensland, Matthews arrives with quality cre- dentials.

During Matthews' junior cricket days he was a member of the Queensland State emerging players squad.

Matthews then played second and third grade cricket for Souths in Brisbane.

Growing work commitments forced Matthews to have a spell from the Brisbane grade competition.

The new recruit joins a CQ team which includes several players moving up from the under-19 ranks.

"It's always good to start the younger guys, it makes them tougher ? that's how I learnt, by playing senior cricket earlier,'' Matthews said.



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