Nick faces uphill battle


FRENCHVILLE'S Nick Hills is expecting a bigger workload in Mackay this weekend.

Hills will join the Central Queensland open cricket team in the North Queensland Championships final against defending champions Tropical North today and tomorrow.

The 18-year-old played a limited role in Central Queensland's demolition of Mackay/Whitsunday in Rockhampton a fortnight ago. He was not required to bowl his leg spinners and he was promoted up the batting order to number six where he made eight runs after spending an hour at the crease.

"It will be a lot tougher in Mackay, their wickets are a batsman's paradise,'' Hills said.

This is Hills' first season in the open ranks after also playing in Central Queensland age representative teams.

"There's more thought process that goes into the game,'' Hills said.

There is only one change to the Central Queensland open team for this weekend with Emerald bowler Shaun Richardson coming in for Biloela's Adam Matthews, who has his brother's wedding this weekend.

This will be Richardson's first appearance for the season after being unavailable for Rockhampton club CQU Tigers in this month's opening round of the Southern Star Sports Shield.

Central Queensland is also playing Tropical North in the under-19 final while the under-17s face Far North Queensland.

North Queensland teams will be selected, in all three divisions, following the matches to play South Queensland teams.

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