Representative game caps busy week

YOU have to be keen to play cricket in Rockhampton with players like Richie Pershouse set to play four matches over the next four days.

Pershouse is the captain of the Brothers team and will lead his side in the local Twenty20 competition tonight, when the opposition is Frenchville, and then twice on Saturday in the same competition when Brothers opponents will be Norths and the other Frenchville side known as “The Green Machine”.

Added to the glut of games is Sunday’s representative fixture at Rockhampton Cricket Ground against Biloela.

Pershouse has been named as the captain of the Rockhampton team but when it comes to Sunday he is not too sure whether it will be him who tosses the coin.

“It is a strong side, but I’m just hoping Todd (Wells) will be back as he will be captain,” he said.

Wells is currently captaining the Queensland Country team at the National Country Championship at Albury.

Although set to return to Rockhampton on either Friday or Saturday, Wells will have had two weeks of intense cricket and might not be able to back up for another representative fixture so quickly.

One player who is definitely not available is star stroke-maker Michael Simmers who is out of the area.

Nevertheless the Rockhampton team still has a solid look to it.

Into the squad come in-form Frenchville batsman Brendan Handley and all-rounder Dylan Bibby who recently joined Pershouse at Brothers after the Capricorn Coast A-grade team folded.

Pershouse has been impressed with both players but gave a big wrap to the Frenchville player.

“Handley has been doing brilliantly and deserves his place,” he said.

It will be interesting to see how the Rocky wicket performs after the recent heavy rain.

So far this season the strips have been placid, although a little low, but still batsman-friendly.

“I’m hoping for some more bounce and something in it for the bowlers,” he said.

Even though Pershouse will open the innings, he believes if the ball cuts off the track a little it will suit the Rockhampton attack.

Todd Wells’ first campaign as captain of Queensland Country is unlikely to end as a victorious one.

Having played most of the competition in searing temperatures, the Queensland team went into its must-win final match, a 100-over game against South Australia, in cool temperatures and with scattered showers.

Earlier in the week Queensland was beaten on first innings by NSW when all out for 148 in the 60th over.

New South Wales then scored 224 in 63 overs leaving Queensland scrambling to avoid outright defeat.

At the end of the match Queensland was nine wickets down and only 69 runs ahead. Wells had his second cheap dismissal of the match when out for six.

Yesterday, Queensland went into the two-day game against South Australia needing an outright victory as it was the last game.

Unfortunately, the South Australians were not set to capitulate and soon after lunch had reached 5-195 off 47 overs.

Rocky teams

Open: Richie Pershouse (c), Ken Litchner, Trent Kenny, Todd Wells, Dylan Bibby, Brendan Handley, Jason Wells, Brock Seigert, Mick Harth, Karl Batey, Andrew Keiler.

Under-21: Brent Hartley, Alex Raguse, Luke Johnson, Mark O’Keeffe, Gerard O’Keeffe, Joe McGahan, Steven Mills, Justin Peacock, Ben Milne, Hayden Busk, Rhys Philp.

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