CH bounce back in spectacular form

The Central Highlands team thrashed Callide Valley in Biloela at the weekend. Pictured is Brad Jenkinson.
The Central Highlands team thrashed Callide Valley in Biloela at the weekend. Pictured is Brad Jenkinson.

A FIVE-wicket haul and a near century were contributing factors towards the Central Highlands' thrashing of Callide Valley at the weekend.

Central Highlands won the match by six wickets with figures of 4/191 and captain Chris O'Shea said he was very happy with the win.

"It is good to bounce back after our big loss to Rockhampton," he said.

"It's a good confidence boost leading into our match with Gladstone."

The match was held in Biloela with the home team winning the toss and sending the visitors out to field.

An opening partnership of 84 runs had O'Shea a "little concerned" but relief came in the 27th over when Steve Cullen snagged two quick wickets.

"He was on a hat-trick, getting two wickets off two balls," O'Shea said.

"The guys did a really good job and stuck in it for a wicket."

O'Shea said all the bowlers "did really well" and highlighted the efforts of Reggie Parker, who was bowling on debut.

The medium pace swing bowler had clean figures of five for 31 off 10 overs.

"He was outstanding on debut… I am ecstatic with his performance," O'Shea said.

"He seemed to have no nerves.

"He is the best fielder in Emerald with speed and agility."

Central Highlands had a shaky start with the bat with Brad Jenkins out for one, but Rhys Williams came in and steadied the ship with an unbeaten 94.

"He is in tremendous form, he had two centuries playing for Clermont this year," O'Shea said.

"He was the spine of our innings, he stayed steady and we built our innings off Rhys.

"He is absolutely our best batsman."

The Central Highlands are now turning their focus to the next match against Gladstone.

"I am confident we will give Gladstone a run for their money," O'Shea said.

"We have certainly been a stumbling block for them and we are happy to continue that."

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