Cricketing cream heads for Mackay
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A GRADE cricket takes a break in Gladstone this weekend as the cream of the region's cricketers head to Mackay for the North Queensland Championships.
Thirteen Gladstone cricketers are heading to the Sugar City representing Central Queensland in what shapes as a big weekend of cricket.
Yaralla all-rounder Grant Webster leads the Open team in their Final against Tropical North from Townsville.
Webster hasn't been able to play for his club side yet this season, so he will be keen to have a game of cricket this weekend.
He will be joined by Calliope paceman Scott Tippet who thrived after being a late call-up for the opening round clash against Mackay/Whitsunday.
Central Queensland are rated as even-money chances to win what would be their first North Queensland Championship win since 2002/03.
Eight Gladstone players make up what looks a powerful CQ under-19 side who also meet Tropical North.
BITS all-rounder Lucas Hall captains a team of bristling talent with both bat and ball.
The team, which scored a great win over Mackay/Whitsunday in round one features plenty of batting depth with Calliope batsman Nathan Rabnott and The Glen lefthander Liam Kirk key players.
Paceman Rowan Murray proved tough to play in round one, while two newcomers Kane Jarvis (Yaralla) and Nathan Rand (BITS) make their debuts.
Coach Brad Rabnott is reported to be very happy with the make-up of his side and looking for a big performance as they try to win their second crown in three seasons.
Gladstone also feature at under-17 level with three players in the CQ team to face Far North in the third place playoff. All matches will be played at Harrup Park.
Gladstone's Central Queensland Representatives Open
Grant Webster, Scott Tippet Under-19 Lucas Hall, Liam Kirk, Nathan Rabnott, Nathan Rand, Kane Jarvis, Rowan Murray, Michael Gosschalk, Josh Walters Under-17 Michael Slatter, Shay Bosworth, Anthony Williams