CQ side can't match northerners

CRICKET: Two stylish half-centuries from Michael Simmers were not enough to steer Central Queensland to victory over Far North Queensland at Mackay this weekend.

One of the secrets to winning these matches is batting out the full quota of overs, this Central Queensland failed to do, while another key is for one batsman to score a big knock.

Unfortunately for CQ, Simmers’ 53 runs were the highest of the first innings, although three or four of other batsmen had got away to record a start.

It was the Cairns-based team that won the toss and made the decision for CQ to bat.

Captain Todd Wells got his team away to a reasonable start with his knock producing 38 runs.

Further down the order wicketkeeper/ batsman Richie Pershouse was not out for 29 while all-rounder Jason Wells scored 28 runs.

Unfortunately, Central Queensland used just 76 of its 100 overs and that would be a telling point as the team’s total of 242 runs was probably 40 or 50 runs short of being competitive.

Spin bowler Andy Milton did the damage taking 5-59 from 20.3 overs of which seven were maidens.

However, CQ did fight back as, on that opening day, it had the chance of knocking over the Far North’s top order from 24 overs that were available.

At the close of play the bowlers had achieved that first objective as Far North was struggling along, having lost three wickets and scoring at less than two an over.

From there things no longer went to plan as Far North did what CQ had not managed and that was put together a few innings of substance.

Far North captain Barry Weare scored 94 while Glen Martin managed 104 and Josh Langtree 36 as the Cairns-based side cruised past their target.

Paceman Rowan Murray did his best to put his side in a winning position with 4-69 as did Karl Batey with 3-74 and Brock Siegert 2-49 but Far North proved to be too strong winning the match on first innings scores.

Far North was all out for 306 (101 overs) and CQ batted out 23 overs scoring 5-97 with Simmers again slamming a half-century while Jason Wells scored 22.

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