CQ win within a sniff

SO CLOSE: Emerald representative Cameron Keene was consistent with the ball. cont
SO CLOSE: Emerald representative Cameron Keene was consistent with the ball. cont

CENTRAL Queensland cricketers could be forgiven for feeling just a little bit unlucky after coming in second in all three grades at the North Queensland Cricket Championships in Rockhampton at the weekend.

The under-17 CQ outfit ran second behind Far North by only five runs or .05 points in the overall tally.

In the opening game on Saturday, the under-17s were no match for the Tropical North side from Townsville which posted 243 runs to their 181.

Emerald representative Cameron Keene was consistent with the ball taking 1/32 from his five overs bowled.

Blackwater’s Stewart Harris made 19 and Grant Wells 24.

CQ’s time to shine came on Sunday against Far North after nudging 240 runs to Far North’s 175.

Keene was sharp with the ball bowling six overs 1/12, but it was the efforts of Rockhampton batsman Lachlan Collins who added the spark, CQ president Rick Jones said.

“They were in trouble there for a bit and six or seven down but then Collins came on and blew them away.”

Collins easily eclipsed the 100 per cent strike rate with 140 runs from just 89 balls.

Emerald’s Jason King was given a late call-up into the CQ under-19 side and took a credible three-wicket haul on the Saturday.

The under-19 battlers were so close to a championship win they could smell it but fell short in the final game by one run. And as fate would have it, that one run was the difference between first and second.

The Open CQ side made a good recovery on Sunday to defeat Far North after a heavy-handed thumping by Tropical North on Saturday, bowled out for just 58.

Jones said to lose by so few was heartbreaking for the players but he was proud of their efforts.

“They knew it was going to be close, so it was just a matter of making the runs and taking the wickets,” Jones said.

“It is disappointing for the 17s and 19s to get so close. The 15 and 16 year age group has always been pretty tough because the players have a lot of other distractions at that age. But we’ve still got some strong juniors coming through the ranks which is pleasing to see.”

CQ had one player selected in the Open North Queensland side, four in under-19s and three in under-17s, set to play South Queensland in the coming weeks.

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