DOWN NOT OUT: Frenchville spin bowler Jason Wells hits the ground during a recent club match but will have little time to rest playing for Central Queensland this weekend.
DOWN NOT OUT: Frenchville spin bowler Jason Wells hits the ground during a recent club match but will have little time to rest playing for Central Queensland this weekend. Megan Lewis

Tropical showdown ahead

CRICKET: It could be a long weekend for Central Queensland all-rounder Jason Wells when he and his team mates face the highly rated Tropical Far North team at Rockhampton Cricket Ground.

Team captain, Jason's brother Todd, hinted that if the game is played, as expected, in very hot conditions then he will need to use his spin bowler for lengthy spells while he rests his pacemen.

“Conditions will be tough for the quick bowlers,” Todd admitted.

“It will be a long day if they bat the full 100 overs.

“It is an important part of the 100 over game that you can call upon that bit of variety.”

Although the starting 11 has yet to be named, it is unlikely Jason would be made to carry the drinks as he is the only recognised spin bowler in the squad.

“There are a couple of the lads who can turn their arm over,” he added.

In his club cricket Jason has been living up to his all-rounder tag by claiming wickets and also putting runs on the board at his turn at bat.

Todd said Jason had also proven he could bat at representative level.

“He was batting really well at the end of last season and scored 100 in the game against Mackay,” he said.

“That is good going batting at number eight.

“He's also going well at club cricket and scoring his runs quickly.”

Wells said the Central Queensland team should be at full strength with no players pulling out from the squad named last week.

Not that the team has had much opportunity to get together.

“It's a bit different as players come from all over the region so we don't get the chance to train together,” Wells said.

Wells said once the players do get together this morning it will be a chance to talk their way through how they want to play the match.

The CQ team will need to be at its best if it is to claim a result from the fixture.

“It will not be easy,” he said.

“Townsville (Tropical Far North Queensland) is usually the strongest team in this region.”

As half the squad is selected from the champion Frenchville club, Wells has a strong nucleus of players he knows well to work with.

With 12 players named it will be interesting to see whether selectors decide on leaving out one of the pacemen or a middle-order batsman.

One certainty is that the pitch will not have changed as the recent spell of good weather has not broken.

That means once a batsman plays himself in there should be plenty of runs on offer.

• It will not be just the Open age team in action at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground this weekend.

Both the under-17s and 19s will also face their Tropical North Queensland counterparts and like the seniors they have a couple of days of hard cricket in front of them.

CQ representative 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.


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