LEG SPIN: Justin Peacock’s ability to turn the ball will be vital for the Rocky senior cricket side in their first game of the CQ Championships against Central Highlands on Sunday.
LEG SPIN: Justin Peacock’s ability to turn the ball will be vital for the Rocky senior cricket side in their first game of the CQ Championships against Central Highlands on Sunday. Chris Ison Rokccricket

Round one of CQ Championships at Kalka Shades this weekend

THE Rocky senior cricket team for the first round of the CQ Championships against Central Highlands on Sunday at Kalka Shades is missing four frontline batsman.

Ritchie Pershouse, Anthony Eden, Shane Scott and Mark O'Keefe are unavailable.

But Rocky skipper Aaron Harmsworth believes they have the batting depth to cover the omissions.

"We are missing some quality batsman," Harmsworth conceded.

"We have four CQ standard batsman unavailable, but we have good depth and we still bat all the way to number 11."

No matter how well Rocky bats in their 50 over innings, a lot will fall to their bowlers. And on a flat track at Kalka, which traditionally plays low and turns, Justin Peacock's leg spin will be vital.

"We have five medium pacers, with Joe McGahan our go-to bowler with the new ball, backed up Lachlan Knuth," Harmsworth said.

"But Justin Peacock will be our main strike bowler, because his leg spin could trouble the Highlands' batsman on this pitch."

"He will be supported by our part time spinner, who bowls a decent off spin, Justin Wells. So we have seven bowlers to call on and plenty of options there."

Harmsworth said if he wins the toss he will bat first and send the Highlanders into the field

"If we can post a good score over 220 I will back my bowlers to do the job," he said.

"Anything over 220 runs will be hard to chase."

CQ Championships

Rockhampton v Central Highlands

1. Luke Johnstone

2. Lachlan Hartley

3. Jac Smith-Williams

4. Aaron Harmsworth C

5. Justin Peacock

6. Joe McGahon

7. Kenny Litchner

8. Jason Wells

9. Travis Applewaite

10. Lachlan Knuth

11. Rion Banks



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