Rockhampton short on players for rep team

BROTHERS all-rounder Jason Batchelor will make his representative return to a depleted Rockhampton open side in this weekend's Central Queensland Cricket Championships.

Rockhampton hosts joint leaders Callide Dawson in the final round at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds tomorrow.

Batchelor, who missed Rockhampton's opening two wins over Central Highlands and Gladstone, was yesterday just one of eight certain starters, along with Brothers team-mate Scott Mansfield and Bluebirds skipper Clay Crouch, for the top-ofthe-table showdown.

Rockhampton selector Graeme Smith late yesterday sent out an SOS call for "any players interested in playing rep cricket''.

With co-selectors, Rockhampton captain Todd Wells and top-order batsman Sean Toovey on Queensland Country duties in Western Australia this week, Smith hopes to finalise a team when the Southern Star Sports Shield resumes today.

Smith warned competition surprise packets Callide Dawson would arrive in town "raring to go'' with tomorrow's winner earning hosting rights for the final on February 12.

For Batchelor, the reigning Rockhampton player of the year, this weekend represents an opportunity to get back among the wickets and shed some Christmas kilos.

"The first training session back on Thursday I was a bit stiff to start.

"I'll try and lift my game this weekend and hopefully take a few wickets to peg back Scotty Mansfield,'' Batchelor joked ahead of the competition frontrunner's clash with Frenchville today.

In other games, CQU Tigers meet Gracemere at Kalka Shades and Cap Coast host Bluebirds.

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