Strong CQ team sent north for cricket championships
THE Central Queensland Centurions will take to the field at Harrup Park in Mackay today and tomorrow to contest the second, and final, round of the North Queensland Cricket Championships.
The CQ Centurions open team and their under-19 and under-16 sides all lost their 100-over matches against the Tropical North sides in round one in Townsville. So they will be looking to make up valuable championship points in the two one-day games against the Far North on Saturday and Mackay/Whitsundays on Sunday.
The games also serve as selection trials for the North Queensland representative side to play the traditional match against South Queensland. From that game, Queensland Country is picked.
Several key CQ Centurions, already selected in the North Queensland T20 team, will again push for selection. They include CQ Centurions' captain Jason Seng and vice-captain Craig Cullen, along with Anthony Eden and Trent Sorohan.
Seng says their fielding was poor in Townsville and that is something they are looking to improve this weekend. Also, the team is back to full strength.
"In Townsville we didn't hold our catches," Seng said.
"Our fielding really let us down and we are looking to really improve that this weekend. We have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the championships and our fielders need to support our bowlers."
The CQ Centurions' bowling attack is led by pacemen Chad Gilmore and Sorohan.
"They both played for Queensland Country last year so they are very handy pace bowlers.
"We have also made a couple of changes to our side this weekend," Seng said.
"We have taken a stronger, better balanced side up to Mackay. Anthony Eden comes back in to the team after missing the match in Townsville. Also, all-rounder Sam Lowry joins the side. He shores up our middle-order batting and is a very useful medium fast first change bowler.
"He is a very skiddy, whippy bowler and should take wickets."
Seng is the other strike all-rounder in the CQ Centurions. He is also a talented middle-order batsman and capable of bagging wickets.