Cricketing duo builds up steam
TOUGH conditions challenged Central Queensland speedsters like Brock Siegert and Bob Keiler as they not only tried to build up a head of steam in warm weather but also had to contend with a smoke-filled atmosphere caused by local bushfires.
The pair played their part with the experienced Siegert taking four Tropical Far North Queensland wickets from 30 overs and Keiler bowling 24 overs as the visitors reached a total of 9-365 from their 100 overs.
Pace bowlers Rowan Murray and debutant Karl Batey also played their part, each claiming wickets.
“On Saturday when we were fielding we had ash dropping on us and the bowlers had difficulty with their breathing,” captain Todd Wells said.
“Nevertheless we fielded well and bowled in the right areas.”
The Far North only got over the 350 mark due to a partnership, late in their innings, of 137 runs.
“If we'd got that wicket then we'd have kept them around the 250 mark,” he added.
Nevertheless Wells was confident the Far North total was in the reach of his team.
Chasing a sizeable total like that it is important to get away to a solid start and CQ managed that with captain Todd Wells and fellow opener Rhys Williams taking the score to 92 before Wells was dismissed when he was caught behind for a patient 41 runs.
Wells had been at the crease for 108 minutes and scored four boundaries in his knock.
The batsman-friendly wicket continued to yield runs with most batsmen at least making a start.
“The top order all made starts but nobody went on to make a hundred,” Wells said.
Rhys Williams did reach his half century, scoring 51 runs which included nine boundaries.
Trent Kenny was starting to get into his stride but fell when on 18 while Dan Williams kept Central Queensland on course with a score of 35 when batting at number four.
Rising star Michael Simmers started his innings in a way that might suggest he would win the game on his own with his first three scoring shots each finding the boundary rope.
However, like his team mates, Simmers fell with his score at 18 as the CQ chase fell away.
Lucas Hall with 53 and Siegert a not out 57 tried to get CQ to their target but unfortunately for the home side the tail did not wag with CQ all out with eight overs remaining. In the end the CQ run chase ended with the home team 72 runs shy of the Far North total.
Defeat maybe, but Wells was adamant that Central Queensland's honour had been restored after suffering a humiliating outright defeat at the hands of Far North last year.
“Overall we gave it a good crack - we have got a bit of respect back,” the captain said.