TOP FORM: Central Highlands batsman Chris O’Shea blasts another delivery against Rockhampton late last year.
TOP FORM: Central Highlands batsman Chris O’Shea blasts another delivery against Rockhampton late last year. Terry Hill

Stakes are high for CH cricket reps

THE Central Highlands has the competition by the scruff and have no intention of letting the final round match against Gladstone slip away after the side had two wins from two rounds in the Central Queensland Cricket Championships.

The right to host a home final, something virtually unheard of in Highlands cricket, is the prize at stake.

"We're in unchartered territory," CH representative co-ordinator Jamie Smith said ahead of this weekend's game in Gladstone.

"We have to win, there's no question about it."

The task will be no easy feat with the open men's side facing an experienced Gladstone outfit, alongside the CH under-21 side buoyed by its last round win against Callide Dawson.

"Gladstone (opens) has some quality batting and bowling... Queensland country players with plenty of experience.

"But we'll just keep what we've been doing, that works for us and try not to change too much."

Some peace of mind comes with the knowledge Rockhampton, a side CH has already got the wood over this series, defeated Gladstone in round two late last year.

Emerald Magpies all-rounder Nev Suell will be added to the opens' starting line-up, one of only two changes made to the side.

The sure hands of Clermont wicket-keeper Rowan Richardson will also replace fellow clubman Jason Sim, who is resting up on a well-deserved work holiday.

Giving strength to an embattled CH Under-21 side, which was forced to forfeit its first representative match of the season due to a lack of players, is an even stronger team line-up than the one which beat Callide.

"We had a lot of good younger players last time and that was a strong side, but I'd say this one is stronger again," Smith said.

"We lost some good players but gained some good ones as well."

Teams:

- Opens

Martin Langan

Jamie Smith

Isaac Jones

Chris O'Shea (C)

Neville Suell

Steve Cullen

Reggie Parker

Rowan Richardson

Cameron Keene

Julian Curro

Joey Pratt

Jamie Iker

Venue - Yaralla Sports Club

- Under 21s

Luke Paradies

Stu Harris

Tom Canfell

Blake Wells (C)

Grant Wells

Phil Bullivant

Aaron Brown

Rohan McDonald

Guy Murden

Cayle McDonald

Matthew Hicks

Venue - Sun Valley Oval


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