Selectors go for balance
THE Central Queensland selectors have gone for a well-balanced squad, said captain of the open-age team Todd Wells.
With the club scene hardly under way, players have been given little time to stake a claim for a place in the CQ open-age team or either of the age-group sides announced yesterday.
Nevertheless, Wells feels they have got it right as in his squad there is a mix of youth and experience along with proven performers and those who have shown enough to be worthy of their opportunity.
As Wells is also captain of the Frenchville Falcons, he was especially pleased for pace bowler Carl Batey to have earned his selection.
“He's really come on since January last year,” Wells reported.
Wells said it is good to see he has fought his way into gaining selection.
“Mind you, getting a five-for in the grand final certainly helps,” he said.
Batey is a part of a frontline attack that includes Brock Siegert, Andrew Keiler and Rowan Murray.
“Rowan is a young guy who keeps getting better and better,” he said.
In the spin department is Jason Wells who has already proved this year what a handy all-rounder he is.
There is plenty to admire in the batting line-up too.
Partnering Wells at the top of the order is Rhys Williams who has been performing well in a struggling Capricorn Coast team.
“Trent Kenny at three is pretty good technically,” Wells reported.
Also trying for one of the middle-order positions is Lucas Hall.
“He's a rock in the middle order,” said the captain.
Gladstone's Dan Williams is a member of the 12 named for the Central Queensland team and he too is a handy middle-order player.
“He's been around Gladstone cricket for a while and did well as an age-group player,” Wells said.
Now, at 25 years of age, Williams gets the chance to play in an open-age team.
Teenage sensation Michael Simmers has also been selected and few would doubt his potential.
While the open-age team looks solid, so do the age-group teams which are crammed with players who are already making an impact in the senior grade of club cricket.
The Central Queensland teams will meet their Tropical North Queensland counterparts at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground over the weekend of October 17-18.CQ representative cricket teams
Open: Rhys Williams, Todd Wells (c), Trent Kenny, Lucas Hall, Dan Williams, Michael Simmers, Brock Siegert, Richie Pershouse, Jason Wells, Karl Batey, Rowan Murray, Andrew Keiler.
Under-19s: Alex Raguse, David Pezeros, Matthew Inwood, Michael Heymer, Dylan Bibby, Lachlan Perkins, Tim Reid, Luke Woof, Robert Woof, Hayden Busk, Aiden Cronin, Damien Levett.
Under-17s: Mitch Inwood, David Heymer, Lachlan Collins, Ben Milne, Jon Rideout, Josh Hall, Paul Condren, Rhyse Philp, Terry Sawyer, Brendan Huth, Brent Hartley.