White, Kelly in State squad
? AFTER representing Central Queensland from the under-12 ranks Rockhampton cricketer Preston White had an expression of disbelief when his name was called out for the Queensland under-16 team in Brisbane last week.
White and fellow Central Queensland player Shaun Kelly, now based in Brisbane, were named in the team to play against North Queensland and South Queensland under-17 teams and an invitation team in Brisbane during mid-January.
The Rockhampton all-rounder was back on the field yesterday afternoon, training with his Queensland under-16 coach Sean Toovey, the Queensland Cricket Central Queensland regional cricket manager.
"It feels pretty good,'' White said.
"I didn't expect to go that well.''
White and Kelly were selected on the back of some impressive team spirit which helped
the Central Queensland team to finish equal top, with four wins and one loss, before officially placing third behind champions Wide Bay and Metropolitan South-West on a countback.
Central Queensland's last win came over Wide Bay with White belting an impressive 113 runs, off 123 balls, in the final match of the championships.
White finished with just over 300 runs in the five matches, collected seven wickets and made five run-outs.
The cricket enthusiast admitted he had to adjust his game slightly to adapt to a step-up in competition.
"In Rockhampton sometimes I hit it in the air when I'm batting, but down there they were on the ground more.''
Toovey said White would probably be a middle-order allrounder while he was uncertain about Kelly's role, probably in the top order.
While two players managed State selection, the team's achievement was also a proud moment with eight of the boys having played representative cricket together since their under-12 days.