Youthful leg spinner helps Tigers to victory
CQU Tigers leg spin bowler Justin Peacock typifies the spirit in his team as they search for a long overdue premiership.
Tigers secured the Southern Star Sports Shield 2005-06 A grade cricket minor premiership at Rockhampton's Jardine Park on Saturday with a 223-run win over last season's premiers, Brothers.
It was a Tigers outfit missing their strike bowler, Andrew Keiler, but players like Peacock stepped up to the challenge.
Peacock, a Year 12 student at North Rockhampton State High School, has only returned to cricket in recent years after a break from the sport.
Tigers coach James Parr has welcomed Peacock's return.
"He bowled brilliantly,'' Parr said. "He has the confidence to bowl the deliveries he bowls and it's something he will develop as a leg spinner.''
In Brothers' first innings total of 9 for 143 Peacock finished with 3/30 (15.5 overs) while experience also chimed in with fast bowler Carl Carter taking 3/27 (14 overs) in an innings where the wickets were shared around.
Parr has a long history with the Tigers club and is ready to break their grand final duck ? whether they play Brothers or Frenchville on March 25 and 26.
"We're overdue to win a grand final,'' Parr said. "With A grade and second grade in the finals there's a good feeling throughout the club ? this season is our big opportunity.''
Keiler will return to the Tigers' bowling attack for the grand final along with Emeraldbased quick Shaun Richardson.
In other games, Frenchville's Queensland Country batsman Sean Toovey has continued to impress with the ball.
Toovey's medium-pacers claimed 5/5 (4.5 overs) in Frenchville's outright win over Cap Coast at Kalka Shades.
Gracemere's Ryan Harth was also among the wickets, bagging 6/36 (13 overs) in his team's outright win over Bluebirds at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.