Rocky team out to clip Hawks' wings
CRICKET: Impressive early-season form has seen Frenchville's Charlie Simic and Cap Coast-Parkana's Asher Colley rewarded with Rockhampton rep selection.
The duo will debut for the Rockhampton open team against the Central Highlands Hawks in the opening round of the CQ Championships in Emerald tomorrow.
Rocky skipper Aaron Harmsworth said he was expecting a close contest against the Hawks.
"I'm pretty wary of them. I expect they will be pretty tough out there in Emerald,” he said.
"Chris O'Shea has organised their team really well and has Central Highlands playing some competitive cricket.
"They also have Craig Cullen and Cameron Keene in their ranks and they're two players who performed very well for CQ recently.”
Harmsworth said Shaun Gilvear and Richie Pershouse would be vital to Rocky's chances but nominated Justin Peacock as the likely game breaker.
"I think he is one of the better cricketers going around at the moment. He can win a game with bat, ball or in the field. I think with the dry pitch out in Emerald he will be hard to face,” he said.
In the other CQ Championships match-up this weekend, Gladstone take on Callide-Dawson.
On the local scene and Harmsworth and his Gracemere teammates will be looking to return to the winner's circle when they take on Capricorn Coast-Parkana in Round 5 of the Cap Challenge today.
Harmsworth and his brother Todd were unavailable for last weekend's game in which Gracemere was beaten comfortably by Frenchville after being dismissed for just 103.
"We will be looking to bounce back after a pretty disappointing loss last week,” Harmsworth said.
"Taking early wickets will be the key against Cap Coast so we can expose their middle order to our strong bowling attack.
"Ben Milne has been bowling well without luck so he's due some wickets.
"With the bat we really need someone to bat the bulk of the innings. That happened last time against Cap Coast and hopefully we can do that again.
"We match up pretty well against them and generally it's just a matter of who executes a bit better on the day that decides the winner.”
In today's other matches, Frenchville play The Glen and BITS play Yaralla.