First drop Isaac Jones drives the ball to the boundary.
First drop Isaac Jones drives the ball to the boundary.

Hawks ready for premier test

IN REPRESENTATIVE cricket, Central Highlands will be out to topple Gladstone who have a five-year stranglehold over the Hawks.

Captain Chris O'Shea said Gladstone were "the best team in the comp on paper". Their five CQ rep players and two Queensland Country players back up his statement.

"It will be a very tough game. We haven't beaten them in five seasons," O'Shea said.

"They are leading the championship and are playing for a home final.

"The biggest battle is handling their pace attack with two bowlers who exceed 130kph - we are not used to that heat.

"Our players to watch are Joey Pratt with the ball and Craig Cullen with the bat, they are both CQ players who know what to expect from Gladstone.

"I am also excited to see how our debutants, young tearaway Damon Gale and batter Dominic Mobbs go."

Regular Hawks Martin Langan and Steve Cullen will miss the game.

CH Hawks

Cameron Keene (Brothers)

Craig Cullen (Brothers)

Dominic Mobbs (Springsure)

Stewart Harris (Blackwater)

Chris O'Shea © (Brothers)

Isaac Jones (Rolleston)

Reggie Parker (Magpies)

Byron Lubbe (Brothers)

Zac Bills (Magpies)

Joey Pratt (Brothers)

Damon Gale (Magpies)

Under-21s

David Boyes (Clermont)

Matt Hicks (Clermont)

Larry Farquhar (Rolleston)

Nick Stallard (Brothers)

Guy Murden (Magpies)

Byron Gale (Magpies)

Phil Bullivant (Magpies)

Mark Cupper (Brothers)

Aaron Brown (c) (Brothers)

Mitch Wharley (Clermont)

Josh Brown (Brothers)


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