Rain helps to end five-game drought at NQ cricket champs
A HEAVY downpour on Friday was just enough to break Central Queensland's drought.
Central Queensland's top cricketers travelled to Mackay on Friday night ahead of the weekend's crucial one-dayers against Far North Queensland and Mackay on the back of five straight representative losses.
On those five occasions, CQ had decided to bowl first and stand-in skipper Aaron Harmsworth was adamant if he won the toss he'd elect to bat in its opening match against Far North Queensland.
However, 24mm of rain on Friday changed all that and after sending FNQ into bat at Mackay's Harrup Park, Central Queensland's pace attack did the damage, skittling FNQ for 136 inside the 43rd over.
At one stage, the northerners were 6-43 after 19 overs, before No.8 batsman Brenton Edwards' 54 helped them build a decent total.
Pacemen Brock Siegert, Jason Seng, Ben Milne and Joe McGahan did the damage with the ball, while Jason Wells' spin bowling claimed the crucial wicket of Edwards.
In response, CQ's top-order batsmen once again struggled, losing 6-93 before Gladstone-based batsman David Heymer's knock of 61 steered CQ to 211 and its first win in five matches.
They couldn't back up their efforts on Sunday, losing to Mackay by 46 runs despite CQ rookie Justin Peacock's leg spin troubling the Mackay batsmen.
Middle-order cameos featured captain Aaron Harmsworth (24) and Brock Siegert (26), who's 95-run seventh wicket partnership sealed the win.
A determined Ricky Sawyer batted the entire 42 innings in the CQ's 16-run loss in the under-17 match against FNQ on Saturday.
The Gladstone-based opening batsman helped CQ post 142 - a commendable total after the side was 3-3 after the first over.
For under-19 captain Lachlan Hartley, it was a toss he had to win.
However, the Frenchville Falcons batsman, who was on representative duty with CQ in Mackay, lost the toss and was sent into bat in the under-19 match against FNQ on Saturday.
CQ struggled with a wet wicket, and were eventually bowled out for 24 in a match that was reduced to 40 overs.
FNQ piled on the runs to finish their 40 overs at 8-162.
CQ's Jullien Harris top scored in yesterday's loss to Mackay Whitsunday.
North Queensland Championships
A-grade: CQ 211 (D Heymer 62, B Siegert 26; A Palmer 3-36, J Roach 2-29) def FNQ 136 (B Edwards 54, G Phillips 14; J McGahan 2-15, B Milne 2-29)
A-grade: Mackay 230 (A Machin 53, S Astin 52; J Peacock 3-44, J Wells 2-28) def CQ 184 (D Heymer 34, A Harmsworth 31; M Perry 2-31, J Litur 2-31)