CRICKET: Star The Glen all-rounder Sam Lowry said the central Queensland Centurions team has what it takes to go back-to-back in the North Queensland Championships which start in Rockhampton next weekend.
The two lot of 50-over matches against North Queensland, on October 21-22, will offer a big challenge for the CQ side which made the semi-final stage of the Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge in Mackay.
"We have got a pretty strong team and it is very strong especially in the batting,” Lowry said.
Lowry will be joined by The Glen team-mates Jason Seng, The Glen captain David Heymer and BITS skipper Terry Sawyer.
Heymer has been in sparkling form and made 85 last weekend against Rockhampton Brothers in a narrow loss in the first round of the Capricorn Challenge.
"He has just been smashing them and didn't even look like getting out against Rocky Brothers,” Lowry said of his team-mate.
"He also made runs in the Bulls Masters games.”
Lowry said Seng is likely to open the bowling and bat at in the middle order as will Sawyer who will offer some variety with his crafty leg-spin bowling.
The NQ side will enter the double-header of one-day matches as somewhat of an unknown quantity, but Lowry said the side will be talented.
"They'd be pretty strong and they have a few representative players who have also played for Queensland Country,” Lowry said.
As for his own form, Lowry said it has been a scratchy start, but he backs himself to strike at the right time.
"I haven't set the world on fire, but hope to get runs against Cap Coast this weekend,” he added.
Burly Rockhampton quick Joe McGahan will lead the side as captain as well as the new ball with Seng.
Centurions will enter the Rockhampton event full of confidence knowing it can get the job done because that is exactly what they did last year and went on to win the whole championships.
1. Sam Lowry
2. Lachlan Hartley (Wicket-keeper)
3. David Heymer
4. Joe McGahan (captain)
5. Jason Seng (vice-captain)
6. Cameron Keene
7. Brent Hartley
8. Ken Litschner
9. Terry Sawyer
10. Steven Munchow
11. Ben Milne
12. Logan Whitfield