Youth and experience blend in cricket team

GLADSTONE Cricket selectors have included rising teenage talent Nathan Rabnott and experienced pace bowler Ron Craig in the open team to contest next month's Central Queensland Championships finals.

Gladstone lost its most recent encounter against competition frontrunners Rockhampton earlier this month, but captain Troy Webster is confident his charges can reverse that result if they meet in the February 13 final on home turf at Clinton Oval.

'It was disappointing to get done in Rockhampton but even though the scoreboard showed we got a touch-up we were still in it with 15 overs to go, ' Webster said.

We dropped a few catches and missed a few opportunities ... mistakes we have to get rid of in the next game.'

First, Gladstone must overcome Callide/Dawson on February 12, something an understrength side failed to do in Biloela earlier in the competition, but Webster believes the inclusion of Craig and Rabnott will have the home side at full strength.

Ron will bolster our bowling, that's another 10 overs we can use, and he will also strengthen our batting ... we'll now bat all the way down to 10 or 11, Webster said.

Nathan's got a lot of potential and has the temperament for one-day cricket. He's very quick in the field and his form for Calliope's been good ... stepping up to A grade has been good for him and he's matured.'

Webster said he was looking forward to being able to use the speed of youngsters Rabnott, Lucas Hall, Dan Williams and Jason Seng in the field.

'With them in the field ringing the batsman we've only got to have the bowlers bowl outside offstump and they (the batsmen) are not going to get it past those blokes without (the risk of) hitting over the top,' he said.

Open team: Troy Webster (c), Grant Webster, Chris Stitt, Lucas Hall, Jason Seng, Jaysen Chilcott, Nathan Rabnott, Scott Tippet, Dan Williams, Mick Kiriazis, Ron Craig, Jay Stevens.

Under-21 team: Ross Stephenson, Dan Gelder, Kris Hadley, Josh Walters, Dion Porteous, Cory Matthews, Rex Skiba, Darren Hunt, Matt Lanzon, Anthony Williams, Brendon Manttan, Peter Ferguson, Peter Turich, Vaughn McDonald, Liam Kirk.

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