Wells bats CQ open team into finals

By AARON KELLY

IT'S been a long time between drinks for Rockhampton's Todd Wells.

A composed century from the opening batsman has guided the Central Queensland open team into the finals of this year's North Queensland Championships.

Wells was out for 154 yesterday in the home side's big opening round win over Mackay Whitsun- day at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.

It was the Frenchville captain's first century in three seasons, which included just eight fours and two sixes and called for some celebration drinks last night.

"I've been hitting them really well in the nets,'' Wells said. "I scored a couple of 90s last season, but it's good to get over the line and enjoy a couple of qui- et ones tonight.''

Wells and all-rounder Liam Kelly (43) steered Central Queens- land into a solid position at the end of day one on Saturday after Rockhampton fast bowler Alan Ryder (6/26) ripped through the Mackay Whitsunday line-up.

After being sent into bat by the home side, Mackay Whitsunday were rolled for just 79.

Rockhampton's Jason Batche- lor, Gladstone's Scott Tippett and Biloela's Adam Matthews also impressed in a new-look bowling attack.

Central Queensland player-coa- ch Sean Toovey, who was a late addition to the squad on the eve of the match, said it was a fantas- tic first-up performance.

"The boys worked to their plans very well and it was a very professional performance,'' Too- vey said.

Central Queensland now face Tropical North, from Townsville, for the North Queensland Cham- pionship open title in Mackay on October 29 and 30.

There will be only one change to the yesterday's winning combi- nation, with Emerald's Shaun Richardson coming into the side for Matthews, who has his broth- er's wedding.



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