Queensland Country captain Todd Wells.
Queensland Country captain Todd Wells. File

CQ's Wells in Country scorcher

WHILE Rockhampton cricket was washed out at the weekend, star Frenchville batsman Todd Wells was facing heatwave conditions while captaining Queensland Country.

The National Country Championship is being staged around Albury in New South Wales and it has not only been the cricket that has been hot.

Yesterday the Queenslanders were playing a two-day match against the old enemy, New South Wales, on a very difficult wicket on which to score runs.

Wells won the toss and elected to bat and by mid-afternoon the Queenslanders had reached 110 runs for the loss of six wickets.

Unfortunately Wells was one of those to lose his wicket, going cheaply (5) for the first time at the carnival. The match is an important one for both teams as New South Wales is in second spot, but Queensland, if they win, will leapfrog over them.

After mixed results in the Twenty20 section of the championship, results have picked up for the Queensland Country team.

On Tuesday Queensland won a thriller against competition leader Northern Territory.

In that 50-over game, Wells scored 46 runs in a total of 204 for the loss of seven wickets.

That total was made to look a little light as NT got close and had overs remaining.

However, while Northern Territory was scoring at a healthy rate, it was also losing wickets and that was their downfall as Queensland Country had them all out in the 47th over when just three runs short of their total.

Wells’s innings had ended in discomfort as he required to complete his time at the crease with the use of a runner.

Fortunately Wednesday was a rest day and the captain was able to rest his groin strain for the first of his side’s two-day clashes.

Again Wells won the toss and elected to bat and in a determined effort he led by example to stop at the crease for almost four hours and score 71 runs.

The knock by the captain helped Queensland to a score of 329 from the 100-over allocation.

Victoria’s chase ended before it really got under way, losing five quick wickets. However, the lower order dug in to ensure Victoria played out most of its 100 overs, but was all out for 212 giving Queensland a first innings victory.

The carnival ends on Thursday.

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