By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S fine record of producing cricket talent is continuing after Rowan Murray's success at the Australian Schoolboys Cricket under-15 championships in Tasmania last month.
Paceman Murray played a key role in the Queensland team at the week-long titles, with some consistent spells of first-change bowling.
What made Murray's form more noteworthy was the fact he was a late selection for the team and played in all five matches for the Maroons.
"It was a great experience to play for the state team. Tasmania was a fantastic place and I really enjoyed myself,'' Murray said.
"I was happy with the way I bowled because you had to bowl a bit differently with their style of wickets and it was also good to make some runs with the bat as well.''
State selection capped off a big year for The Glen cricketer, with selection in the Capricornia under-19 schoolboys and Central Queensland under-17s two of this modest 15-year-old's highlights.
"This year has been a pretty long season, I have played a lot of cricket, but would not have it any other way.
"I love playing cricket, it is the best game in the world,'' he said.
Murray has made giant strides over the past two seasons after having to remodel his bowling action after a serious back injury when he was 13.
He is now benefiting from the long hours of work spent with Queensland Cricket's Central Queensland Regional Manager Vic Williams, who has been a big influence on Murray's career.
"Vic has been a great help for me and really worked with me on my action,'' he said.
Murray also mentioned the support of his parents Lindsay and Karen, who have covered more than 8000 kilometres this year alone on cricket trips.
"I would not have made it this far without my mum and dad's support, they have been great for me,'' he said.
And no matter what, this will not be the last time you hear about this 15-year-old, who has some major goals in mind.
"Like any cricketer I would love to play for Australia one day, but Queensland would be nice as well,'' Murray said.