Wells gets early start

THE 2005/06 cricket season has started for Frenchville batsman Todd Wells.

Wells and Brothers allrounder Jason Batchelor were two of a handful of open cricketers who attended last weekend's Queensland Country development camp in Mackay which mostly hosted aspiring under-17 and under-19 cricketers.

Next stop for Wells and Batchelor is Townsville early next month where they will join a North Queensland team to face the Wests club from Brisbane.

Wells, 27, is also hopeful of getting a call-up to play a Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) cricket team in Brisbane next month.

It is all valuable time at the crease for Wells with Rockhampton Cricket's October season start leaving little time before Central Queensland team selections.

"You really need two games in before the first rep fixtures,'' Wells said.

Wells has his representative goals this season ? to firstly make the Central Queensland team, then push for North Queensland selection.

His main goal is focused on the club.

"I really want to help get Frenchville into the semis ? I'd be happier with that,'' Wells said.

Frenchville are likely to field a similar squad this season. They have lost Cameron Phillips and Kel Applewaite is uncertain whether he will play again.

However, they have picked up new Central Queensland regional cricket manager Sean Toovey who is expected to play only the occasional game with his work commitments.

"Hopefully he'll (Toovey) play enough games to qualify for the finals,'' Wells said.



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