Return to Rocky and back into the cricket

WHAT was supposed to be a 12-month stint working in Woorabinda turned into a four year extended stay for Gracemere fast bowler Aaron Holt.

However, Holt is now back living in Rockhampton with his wife Jodie and daughters Tahnee Lee, 3, and Allira, 2, as well as having been reunited with his Gracemere first grade cricket mates.

He now has cricket leave.

Holt, 30, only resumed playing for Gracemere after the Christmas break and in his second match back on Saturday he claimed 3/37 (14 overs) for Gracemere as Cap Coast made 208 runs at Jardine Park.

Previously, any weekends spent in Rockhampton before the Christmas break were dedicated to quality family time.

"I'm glad to be back,'' Holt said. "I was brought up playing sport, cricket or football, and I've met a lot of good mates through sport.''

Holt's return to playing also marks a return to cricket training.

In Woorabinda the training was often a solo effort, jogging to keep fit, however after a resurgence in sporting interest in the town Holt has trained with 10 to 12 players in recent weeks.

He even played for the Woorabinda Warriors in the Rockhampton Cricket Country Carnival last month.

While Gracemere has welcomed the return of Holt he will soon be missing in action, only momentarily, shortly.

Holt leaves Rockhampton on February 20 to join the Queensland indigenous cricket team to play in the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs from February 23-26.

This is his third year with the Queensland team.

"After not playing too much cricket this season I'm not too confident,'' Holt said.

However, his handful of cricket this season did include joining former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy on the annual Wanderers cricket tour through Central Queensland.

"He (Healy) had some great stories to tell,'' Holt said.

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