Gracemere opener set to hurl down thunderbolts
GRACEMERE opening bowler Ben Milne bowls just like the car he drives - fast.
After arriving in his 2009 model blue Pontiac G8, Milne will be steaming in from a long run once again tomorrow as his Gracemere Bulls side aims for back-to-back Capricornia Club Challenge wins.
The Bulls host The Glen at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds tomorrow after travelling to Gladstone for their round one match a fortnight ago, and opposition batsmen can expect a fiery opening to the innings.
"I like to call myself a quick bowler, so I guess anyone who calls themselves a quick bowler generally likes to throw the short one in every now and again," he said. "We all try and get that intimidation factor in, I suppose."
Milne, 21, has bounced back from a debilitating lower back injury to arguably be in the best form of his short senior career, capping his return off with selection in the North Queensland team.
"I'm pretty happy. I spent a lot of time in the gym and with the physio to get it right, so it has turned around a lot, compared to what it was like," he said.
"I'm a lot stronger through the core than I was in the past, after working with the injury and managing it."
He said when looking back at the last few seasons, he was much stronger at the start of this season.
After starring for Central Queensland in the North Queensland championships, Milne now heads to Mackay on November 30 for the XXXX Country Cup to push his claims for a place in the Queensland Country team to contest the national championships next year.
A few weeks out from his debut for NQ, the assistant project manager at Roadtek said he hoped to catch the eye of Queensland Country selectors.
"I want to go away and try and impress who I can, give 100%, and if I can make it further, I make it further," Milne said.
Capricornia Club Challenge
Frenchville v Yaralla at RCG
Brothers Rockhampton v Gladstone Brothers at Clinton Park
Gracemere v The Glen at RCG
Capricorn Coast v BITS at BITS Oval