Gladstone open cricket team gets a boost
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S open cricket representative team has been bolstered by the return of several experienced campaigners for this month's Central Queensland Championships clash with Rockhampton.
The encounter, to be contested at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on January 16, will give Gladstone the chance to measure its strengthened lineup against early championship leader Rockhampton.
Missing, several established players, a young Gladstone outfit captained by teenager Peter Turich went down to Callide/Dawson before bouncing back to defeat Central Highlands in the opening rounds of the championship in Biloela last month.
However, while the majority of the side which competed that weekend has been retained, the addition of several key players for the Rockhampton clash has given the lineup an overall more formidable look.
Into the side comes brothers Troy and Grant Webster as well as seasoned representative players Ron Craig and George Kiss.
The additions have considerably strengthened the side's batting and bowling strength with Troy Webster will assuming the captaincy of the full-strength side.
Turich returns to the under-21 lineup, provided his studies do not take him to Brisbane, ensuring that the team also has a stronger look about it for its Rockhampton showdown.
It is only the uncertainty regarding his selection which prompted Gladstone selectors to leave Turich out of the open side.
Brothers fast bowler Ross Stephenson will again accompany the under-21 side as the team's senior player.
The return of BITS allrounder Rex Skiba will help cover for the absence of star player Nathan Rabnott.
Rabnott is unavailable for the Rockhampton match due to representative commitments in Brisbane.
The championship finals will be contested in Gladstone on February 12-13.