Spin twins on the rise
A ROUND trip of more than 3500km has confirmed what many astute cricket judges in Ipswich already suspected - Sam Fellows and Jack Wood are spin bowlers of exceptional talent and potential.
The two Ipswich products were part of the Queensland under-17 team that finished runners-up at the national titles in Hobart last week.
Fellows admitted the temperature change in Tasmania was a shock with the mercury not rising above 20 the whole time.
"It was good," Fellows said of the cricket, not the weather.
"It was a very high level.
"There were some great players going around.
"It was a real big step up but a good test."
Fellows' bowling came though the test with flying colours as he took eight wickets from six games.
"I felt really confident with the bowling," he said.
"There wasn't much turn in the wickets and the ball was skidding on a bit.
"The batsmen used their feet really well and were very attacking."
That didn't stop Fellows backing himself to beat them in flight.
"I kept tossing it up because occasionally I'd get some drift," he said.
"I didn't vary the pace much, just tried to get the ball above the batter's eye line.
"We set a straight field and I just bowled straight."
His batting was another, less successful story.
"I wouldn't like to talk about my batting at all," Fellows said.
"I just think it was poor shot selection on my behalf.
"I was pretty nervous."
Fellows went into the tournament expecting a tough examination.
"I had heard from past people who had gone to national under-19s, like Sam Truloff, that it was very different from schools cricket," he said.
"It really came at me and hit me right in the face."
The biggest lesson Fellows learned from the tour was to stick to your plan and back yourself, whatever happens.
"Never stray from your routine," Fellows said.
"Never change your bowling plans or go out with a different mindset to bat."
Queensland fell just short of NSW's championship-winning tally after losing to them and the ACT.
It was the latter match which proved the most costly as it was a game there to be won and it would have handed Queensland the title if they had.
"They were all out for 117 but we just didn't come together and were all out for 88," Fellows said.
"We didn't really put a price on our wicket."
The game against NSW was a close one.
NSW made 208 batting first in their 50-over match, having reached 0-140 at one point.
"We were bowled out for 190-something," Fellows said.
"We fought hard.
"They had a very strong bowling line-up."