Siegert eyes Country cap

WILL this be the weekend Brock Siegert earns his Queensland Country cap?

That is just one of the questions facing Central Queensland as they head to Mackay where they are set to meet the side from Far North.

Central Queensland captain Todd Wells admits he knows very little about the Cairns-based team as there has been a bit of a “clear-out” by the northerners, but he is confident his players will go well.

“We normally play better in the second round of the competition,” he said.

Not that the CQ boys went badly against North Queensland – it was more the case that the opposition did better.

The match is being played at Mackay’s Harrup Park and Wells admits there is unlikely to be any blame placed on the wicket should his team fail to pile on the runs.

“It is a great facility,” he said.

“A good wicket, there’s a bit in it for everyone.

“There is always a bit of carry and the outfield is lightning fast.”

With team members distributed throughout the region there are few opportunities for the CQ boys to train as a unit, but Wells is confident he has the players in the squad to do the job.

The Central Queenslanders have a strong bowling attack with plenty of pace and also Jason Wells the main spin weapon, but Todd Wells is looking for his bowlers to work on the basics on a good batting track.

“I’ll be looking for line and length,” he said.

While all players want to work as a unit they will be forgiven for having in the back of their minds selection for the Queensland Country team.

Wells admits the unluckiest player over the years has been his Frenchville clubmate Brock Siegert.

“Brock will be up there with both the bat and the ball,” he said.

In the past Siegert has been very close to selection and as he continues to put together impressive displays it makes it harder for the Country selectors to overlook him.

There are others in the team with a good chance.

Gladstone player Lucas Hall is another with all the criteria to earn a cap.

Then, of course, there is Wells himself looking for a recall to the Country side.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said coyly.

Wells admits, however, there is nothing he would enjoy more than to regain his place, but is also aware selectors might be looking towards the future when they pick teams.

If that is the case, then Michael Simmers, who is still eligible for the under-19 team, could be in line.

Simmers has already shown he has a big future in the game, and while he made a start against North Queensland, could force selectors’ hands if he takes a liking to the bowling of the Far North Queenslanders.

Wells agrees that Simmers may have selectors looking at him.

“There is no reason they won’t look at him if they are looking to blood a young batsman,” he said.

Central Queensland will also have their age-group teams in action at Harrup Park with both the under-17s and 19s keen to avenge their defeats against Far North Queensland in the last round of competition.

The team

Central Queensland Open side to meet Far North Queensland at Mackay: 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.

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