Rocky at full strength for final

NEXT Sunday is the final game of the representative cricket season and Todd Wells said he will be captaining a full-strength Rockhampton side.

The 50 over game at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground sees Rockhampton against Central Highlands in the final of the Central Queensland competition in a match almost too close to call.

Such is the competition for places in the Rockhampton squad that not even Brendan Handley, one of the Southern Star Sports Shield competition’s most prolific scorers this year, can get a place.

As Wells points out it would be hard to drop a player who has been doing a job for the Rocky side even when a player of the calibre of Handley is knocking on the door for selection.

A case could also have been mounted for the inclusion of all-rounder Dylan Bibby but Wells said his selection in the age-group team for their final, also against Central Highlands at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds, shows he is in selector’s minds for the future.

Recent rainfall will mean a change to the way the Rockhampton wicket plays, but the home side won’t be too concerned about that as there is plenty of variation available in the bowling attack, with Litschner able to join Justin Wells if the track takes spin, while the side has four front-line pacemen to choose from.

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Alex Raguse, Brent Hartley, Luke Johnstone, Dylan Bibby, Mark O’Keeffe, Tim Reid, Steven Mills, Justin Peacock, Ben Milne, Rhyce Philp and Gerrard O’Keeffe.

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