Pershouse keeps up CQ honours

ROCKHAMPTON'S Richie Pershouse isn't one of the big names in the Central Queensland open cricket team ? yet.

The young Brothers wicketkeeper could emerge as one of the most important figures in CQ's title bid when the North Queensland Championships start in Rockhampton this weekend.

Pershouse, 19, will make his open debut against MackayWhitsunday in the 100-over clash at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds starting today.

A former opening bowler in his junior days, Pershouse last joined a CQ team two seasons ago with the region's NQ title-winning under-19 side.

He will reunite with some teammates from that representative campaign, including Rockhampton's Liam Kelly and Nick Hills and Gladstone's Lucas Hall, for the first time today after the team's only training session was washed-out during the week.

All four players represent the next generation for CQ. Pershouse's goals for this weekend are simple.

"Hopefully I can make a clean start with the gloves and stand-up and make a name for myself.''.

Pershouse was first handed the wicket-keeping duties as a 12year-old but took up the position fulltime when he ran into some back problems in his late teens.

Good footwork, hand and eye co-ordination, along with keeping concentration levels high for 100 overs, are the match-winning qualities behind the stumps, according to Pershouse.

Pershouse, who this time last year was hitting Callaghan Park for the races, is also preparing for the expected humid conditions this weekend.

The CQ under-17 and under-19 teams will also join the two-day carnival.

CQ open ? Todd Wells (Rockhampton), Craig Wilkes (Rockhampton), Kim Williams (Central Highlands), Lucas Hall (Gladstone), Liam Kelly (Rockhampton), Grant Webster (Gladstone), Jason Batchelor (Rockhampton), Richie Pershouse (Rockhampton), Adam Matthews (Biloela), Scott Tippett (Gladstone), Nick Hills (Rockhampton), Alan Ryder (Rockhampton). Coach: Sean Toovey.

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