SHOT: CQ's Riley Connor was one of the best against Mackay/Whitsundays, belting one on his way to 27.
SHOT: CQ's Riley Connor was one of the best against Mackay/Whitsundays, belting one on his way to 27. Allan Reinikka ROK271116ajcricke

Future stars in prime form before Country Week

CRICKET: For a team made up of players from four regions unable to train as one, Central Queensland's under-16s disposed of Mackay Whitsundays in fine fashion.

On a cricket Rockhampton Cricket Grounds wicket the young side batted first and posted a controlled innings of 9/147. It proved too much for their northern counterparts who finished their allotted overs on 9/123.

CQ coach Garry Pritchard said it was a hard fought win and while positive, was one with improvement still to come.

"Not a bad effort at all today. Our top order went really well but we failed a bit at the back end,” Pritchard said.

"It was a difficult wicket, quite up and down and had some balls darting off sideways.

"At the start I was thinking 180 but 147 was probably more on the money.”

CQ were almost unable to field a team in this age group last year and while they can't train together, they banded well.

"We are all over the place, three from Gladstone, one from Biloela, three from Emerald and the rest from Rocky,” he said.

"We bowled around 35 wides, and that's something you can't do that this level. It got them back in the game.

"Emerald pair Darcy Hagan and Liam Farley (both 26) our openers did extremely well. They got us off to such a good start. Set up the game.

"We have a few players returning next match which will help.”

Mackay host the Queensland Country Championships in a fortnight, hoping to make amends.

He called for his side to "start thinking like cricketers”.

"It was a little bit disappointing for us,” coach Ian Joblan said.

"We contained them to a getable score and had the game set up with our bowling.

"Our first bats did well but lost a couple in the middle order and didn't take our opportunities.

"Didn't run well enough between wickets or field to our ability. But we can turn that around, I have no doubt.

"Looking forward to hosting Country Week, it will be a great week. The facilities are top notch and it will make for a great carnival.”



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