Central Queensland batsmen falter in North QLD title bid
GUTTED Central Queensland captain Aaron Harmsworth says his team missed a golden opportunity to be crowned North Queensland champions.
Central Queensland couldn't carry its red-hot start to the 2014 North Queensland Championships into the final two rounds as the region's premier cricketers fizzled.
Gladstone bowlers Chad Gilmour, Trent Sorohan and all-rounder Jason Seng earned selection in the North Queensland team while former Australian Country and current Gracemere Bulls top-order batsman Anthony Eden was rewarded for his 173 against Mackay in Round 1 a fortnight ago.
The Central Queensland players headed to Mackay with a spring in their step and their sights firmly on the elusive title as North Queensland's best region.
Their chances looked promising after the team's bowlers fired to dismiss Far North Queensland for 197, well inside 50 overs in the Round 2 NQ Championships clash at Mackay's Harrup Park on Saturday.
However Central Queensland's batsmen failed to fire with a middle-order collapse seeing the team fall 13 runs short of its target.
The side's hopes were shattered yesterday, when after winning the toss and electing to bat Central Queensland was rolled for 121 against Tropical North Queensland.
Despite battling at 4-37, the northerners held on to reach Central Queensland's target inside 40 overs.
"We're pretty gutted with it all," Harmsworth said.
"We threw away a great opportunity. It's been a while since CQ has been in that position so it's pretty disappointing to have come away with nothing.
"We didn't apply in our batting. All our bowlers bowled well during the whole carnival - it was us batsmen who let us down."
Far North Queensland was crowned champions while Tropical North Queensland was runner-up.