Reardon returns home to play in Country team
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FORMER Gladstone batsman Nathan Reardon is looking forward to his Central Queensland return as part of the Country team taking part in this weekend's Suncorp Country Challenge series in Rockhampton.
The hard-hitting left hander is keen to impress in the match which pits the cream of the Queensland Bulls squad against each other as a warm-up to the Pura and ING Cup season.
For Reardon, the chance to return to CQ holds special significance.
"I can't wait to get up to Rocky and play this game,'' Reardon said.
"It's a fantastic chance to get a good hit in and also catch up with the family.''
The last few months have been highly successful for Reardon who was one of the stars of the recent Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence tour of India and Sri Lanka.
His highlight was a matchwinning innings of 77 not out from 60 balls against Sri Lanka 'A', a knock Reardon looks back fondly upon.
"It was a great tour for me, the conditions were different, but I enjoyed the tour immensely.
"That innings was a nice one, I came in as a supersub and lucky enough hit them well that day,'' he said.
As a member of the Country team, Reardon who is in his first summer with the Bulls after being awarded a rookie contract will line-up alongside the likes of Andy Bichel, Nathan Hauritz, Wade Seccombe and Ashley Noffke.
"To get the chance to play with Bic (Bichel) and Haury (Hauritz) is going to be great.
"The country team looks pretty strong and hopefully we can chalk up a couple of wins,'' he said.
Reardon hopes the match is the start of a big summer of runs for him, but is not looking too far ahead.
"I am not a real big goalsetter, I just need to keep doing the right things consistently and things will fall into place.
"I just want to keep enjoying each match I play and not get too carried away,'' he said.
The team will play two matches on the weekend with tomorrow's clash a 50-over game, and Sunday's being a twenty-20 clash. Both matches are at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.