Ben Milne nabs one of the paceman spots in the Queensland Country team.
Ben Milne nabs one of the paceman spots in the Queensland Country team. Brenda Strong

Milne nails rep spot on flat track

WHEN Gracemere's impressive young speedster Ben Milne earned his promotion to the Queensland Country team he had to do it the hard way.

Playing in the two-day match between North and South Queensland at the weekend, Milne impressed the selectors enough to be named in the Queensland Country under-19 team for the challenge match against Queensland under-17s at the end of this month.

"I did pretty good," a delighted Milne said yesterday.

Although this is the first time Milne has been named in a Queensland Country team he wasn't totally surprised at getting the call, especially after the North Queensland team had defeated their rival in the 100 over match.

The match was a run bonanza with bowlers having to work hard for any reward.

However Milne did what he manages best as he kept the pressure on the batsmen, forcing them into errors.

"I bowled 20 overs and took three wickets for 60 runs," Milne said.

In the context of the match, that was a brilliant effort as South Queensland accumulated 370 runs before being all out in the 91st over.

A big total but North Queensland was up to the challenge, losing just five wickets as they reached 373 in the 95th over.

"It was a pretty flat track," Milne said, "there was a little bit of movement early on."

The youngster said once the wicket offered him nothing, he worked to a plan.

"I tried to bowl at the wickets and make the batsmen play at every ball," he said.

Now Milne has another slight problem - working his way back into the Gracemere club side.

While Milne was away, Gracemere had a big win over Brothers, knocking them over for just 92 runs.

"I think they will be asking me to stay away more often," he joked.

The Queensland Country game against the Queensland under-17s will be played at Brisbane, November 28, 29, 30.



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