Young all-rounder can open bowling

CRICKET: Scoring a reserve-grade century last week has pushed Biloela youngster Troy Hogan into the firing line for the Norths Tigers match with Gracemere at Rockhampton Cricket Ground today.

With Tigers coming off a solid win last week in the one-day game with Brothers and Gracemere equally decisive in its two-day match with Capricorn Coast, it promises to be a very tight contest.

“We just want to continue where we finished off last week,” Tigers captain Eddie Doherty said.

Slowly the Tigers are beginning to get their squad together with Jon Harris returning and pace ace Andrew “Bob” Keiler set to resume on the second day of this Southern Star Sports Shield game next week, making the line-up appear competitive.

The promising Hogan is also something of a bonus as the youngster is an all-rounder who could open the bowling for the Tigers and add strength to the side's lower-middle order.

Liam Mulry will also play in a Tigers top order that appears to be full of runs.

Doherty believes the key to winning this match could come as early as 12.30pm today.

“We want to win the toss and have a bat,” Doherty admitted.

The Tigers captain is confident the pitch will play well for the strokemakers and even though he has plenty of respect for Gracemere's young paceman, Ben Milne, he sees his team giving Gracemere a huge total to chase.

Gracemere captain Michael Harth agrees there are plenty of runs in the Rockhampton pitch but isn't too worried whether he bats first or last.

“It puts an opponent under pressure chasing the runs, but it's all about applying yourself,” he said.

John Miles and Aaron Harmsworth are missing today and that gives the chance for Harth to bring in a couple of handy all-rounders in Rhys Philp and Jamie Iker who is from Emerald.

• Capricorn Coast will not be relishing the challenge of trying to topple the champion Frenchville team.

Falcons captain Todd Wells has played down his team's start to the season by claiming it is too early to judge as his side has yet to play a two-day match.

However, Frenchville has a formidable look about it with very strong bowling and batting down the list.

Brent Rothery was given the opening batsman duties at the start of the season and has impressed, getting a start in every knock so far. It will be interesting to see if he holds that spot for the 80-over games.

Weekend Fixtures

Today is the first of a round of two-day matches at Rockhampton Cricket Ground: Frenchville v Capricorn Coast Norths Tigers v Gracemere

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