CQ U19s win NQ Championships title

THREE Gladstone players have gained North Queensland selection after yesterday's completion of the NQ Championships at Mackay.

Nathan Rabnott will captain the NQ under-19 side alongside fellow Gladstone player Liam Kirk while Rowan Murray, who played in the CQ under-19 side, won an NQ under-17 spot.

The CQ under-19s were the toast of the region after defeating Tropical North in the final ? the only CQ side to win the title.

Batting first on Saturday, CQ reached 186 with Rabnott posting 56 and Kirk 40.

In reply, Tropical North were bundled out for 129 with Gladstone pair Josh Walters (2-7 off 12 overs) and Rowan Murray (2-43 off 12) starring with the ball.

Tropical North hit back to dismiss CQ for 114 in its second innings with only Gladstone's Nathan Rand (28) and Lucas Hall (20) offering resistance before Tropical North finished the day at 6-124 pursuing 170 for victory.

Walters again bowled well to claim 2-35 off eight overs and must have gone close to snaring an NQ spot.

Joining Rabnott and Kirk in the NQ colours will be Rockhampton's Liam Kelly and Alan Ryder.

Also in the under-19 CQ side were Gl adstone duo Kane Jarvis and Michael Gosschalk.

CQ's open side went into their final, also against Tropical North, confident of victory but were comfortably beaten on first innings.

Batting first, CQ posted a total of 203 with Rockhampton's Shaun Toovey top-scoring with 61.

Emerald's Shaun Richardson contributed a handy 40 and Gladstone's Grant Webster chipped in with 23.

Tropical North's strong batting line-up found the conditions favourable, responding with 367 with regular Queensland Country representative Darren Frakes blasting 108 runs before retiring.

Gladstone paceman Scott Tippet was the best of CQ's bowlers, snaring 3-72 off 25 overs.

Rockhampton pair Todd Wells and Toovey were later awarded spots in the NQ side.

CQ's under-17 side were beaten for third place by Far North Queensland, being dismissed for 173 in reply to their opponents' score of 8-222.

Gladstone's Michael Slatter, Anthony Williams and Shay Bosworth went without luck with either bat or ball in the loss while dual-registered player Preston White, who also plays in Rockhampton, posted 65 for CQ.

NQ teams will take on their South Queensland counterparts in upcoming representative matches.

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