Brisbane grade cricket the next challenge for Lowry
CRICKET: Former The Glen player Sam Lowry will have little time to put his feet up this week after a dazzling display with the bat at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton.
Lowry dominated with the willow for Queensland Country, finishing the tournament with 331 runs and an average of 36.8.
Unfortunately for The Glen, 23-year-old Lowry won't be able to bring that form back to Gladstone after making the move back to Brisbane to play for Sandgate/Redcliffe.
He'll play his first game this weekend in third grade, but based on his recent form for Queensland Country, a place in the top team isn't too far around the corner.
Sandgate/Redcliffe has the likes of Queensland Bulls players Mitchell Swepson, Charlie Hemphrey and Nathan Rimmington in its top squad.
One thing Lowry will have that his teammates don't is a baggy green cap, albeit an Australian Country one.
Lowry was one of five Queenslanders picked in the ceremonial Australian Country side at the conclusion of the championships.
"You never really expect to be picked in those sort of teams so when I got called up it was a pretty special moment," Lowry said.
"I'm just very proud and honoured to have a green Country cap.
"We get to keep those caps which is something special. It will be framed up and put next to my Queensland cap."
Lowry was selected alongside former The Glen team-mate Jason Seng in the Australian Country side, an honour the right-arm quick richly deserved, according to the classy left-hander.
Seng was only called in to the Queensland Country team as a last-minute replacement for the injured Justin Dixon.
"He was awesome. I thought he was pretty unlucky not to make it in the first place," Lowry said.
"When he got his chance especially in the T20s and the back-end of the One Dayers he just bowled really well.
"He also scored some pretty vital 20s to help us get over the line.
"He has an absolute blinder of a carnival."
Queensland Country finished on the overall ladder in third place, finishing behind Victoria and eventual winners New South Wales.
Victoria and NSW finished equal on 22 points with the Blues winning by virtue of a better net run rate, Queensland ended with 19 points.
"I still think we had the best team there on paper but we had one or two bad days and at those carnivals if results don't go your way you can find yourself struggling behind the pack which we were," Lowry said.
"We had a bad day against South Australia and East Asia Pacific, and NSW had a double bonus-point win on one of those days which propelled them above both us and Victoria."
Playing a mixture of T20s and One Day matches, Lowry found himself having to adjust his game to suit the game's state of play.
"I prefer the longer format like the 50 overs and the two-day cricket, but the T20s are awesome fun," he said.
"I batted number four in the T20s but from my perspective if the openers get off to a flyer you might only come out to bat with seven or eight overs left and because I'm a bit of a slow starter it took me out of my comfort zone a bit.
"Because we played on footy fields the outfield was pretty thick so it made scoring difficult so you just had to go about your innings a different way.
"Instead of crunching it and waiting for bad balls you had to rotate the strike.
"The competition was similar to the first-grade level in Brisbane; they don't give you that many bad balls.
"But it's always good fun having a slog and smash."