CQ juniors to face northern rivals in rep games
CRICKET: Young Chad Charlesworth made his first half century playing for Rockhampton in the rep game against Central Highlands last weekend.
He will be hoping that form continues when he lines up for the Central Queensland under-11 team against Mackay/ Whitsunday this weekend.
As well as under-11, the two regions will also clash in the under-12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 years age groups at Rockhampton's Kalka Shades.
They will play T20 matches from 2pm today and then 40 or 45-over games (depending on their age group) from 8.30am tomorrow.
Rockhampton Junior Cricket vice-president Tony Newman is expecting some close results.
"CQ and Mackay/ Whitsunday are usually neck and neck in most age groups. They are pretty similar in standard and they usually play out some pretty hard-fought games,” he said.
"The CQ teams were selected three or four weeks ago and this will be their first chance to actually play together.
"These are the annual trial games before the teams head away to the state titles in two weeks' time.
"This gives the CQ coaches a chance to see how their teams will gel and to work out batting and bowling combinations.”
While the under-11s don't compete at state championships, the five other age divisions do. The U12 CQ side will head to Cairns, the U13s to the Gold Coast, the U14s Brisbane, the U15s Bundaberg and the U16s Mackay.
Newman said Rockhampton was well represented, with four or five players in each of the CQ teams.
Rockhampton's junior rep teams fared well last weekend, winning all of their games played against the Central Highlands.