Bulls’ leg spinner gets call to join Central Qld side
SITTING in the bleachers, Gracemere Bulls leg-spinner Justin Peacock knew where he'd rather be.
Peacock was in the stands at Rockhampton Cricket Ground a fortnight ago as Tropical North Queensland put Central Queensland to the sword in the first match of the North Queensland Championships.
"I went down there to watch the cricket and support Harmsy (CQ captain Aaron Harmsworth) and the Gracemere boys," he said.
"I (also) wanted to see who was in the team and how they went because that's where I want to be."
Today, the 24-year-old Bulls leg spinner gets his chance to be out in the middle for Central Queensland for the first time.
Peacock, Gladstone batsman Terry Sawyer and Frenchville's Joe McGahan don the CQ strip for Saturday's 50-over match against Far North Queensland and Sunday's one-dayer against Mackay.
Called into the team after Gladstone's Jason Minor withdrew, Peacock said he was excited.
"I can't wait," he said. "I feel a bit more comfortable with Harmsy as captain."
Harmsworth said Peacock, who has taken eight wickets in the opening three matches for the league-leading Bulls, was a worthy inclusion.
"He's been bowling well this year. He's been consistent this season with the ball, he's a good fielder and he can hold his own with the bat."
A former North Rockhampton cricketer who debuted as a 16-year-old, Peacock joined Gracemere after his former club was unable to field a team in the 2013-14 Frenchville Sports Club A-grade premiership.
The one-time captain of his former club said he was relishing his new environment.
"I'm really enjoying my cricket at Gracemere," he said.
"I started getting over it at Norths, and I wasn't enjoying it like I used to. There's a lot less pressure on me at Gracemere.
"I can now just go there and train and play.
"I don't have to ring around and to chase up blokes to get them to training and games, I can just play cricket."