Eden and Fordyce eye off rep honour
THEY'RE the travelling duo who has Central Queensland within striking distance of a North Queensland Championships victory.
Former Australian Country batsman Anthony Eden and young gun Harry Fordyce delivered for Central Queensland on Saturday as the region's premier cricketers celebrated victories over northern rivals Mackay.
The pair clocks up almost as many kilometres on the road in a single journey as the runs they scored on the weekend.
Moura-based Eden makes the two-hour journey into Rockhampton on Friday afternoons for training with club side Gracemere Bulls, before turning out in the club's colours the following day.
Fordyce, 16, jumps on the train on Saturday mornings to head home to his parents' place in Gladstone.
He plays his club cricket in the Gladstone A-grade competition for Yaralla on Saturdays before venturing back to Rockhampton to play for school team Rockhampton Grammar School in the local 3rd grade competition.
Almost certainties to earn selection in the North Queensland team to contest the Queensland Country Championships later in the year, Eden and Fordyce both scored centuries as their sides registered first innings wins over Mackay.
Batting in the crucial No.3 spot, Eden was the last wicket to fall after his 173 (240 balls) helped the Central Queensland Open team to a massive 390.
The team's bowlers held up their end of the bargain, dismissing Mackay for 149 in their first innings before sending them back in to bat requiring 242 runs to avoid an outright defeat.
Fordyce's 117 (101) steered the Central Queensland under-17 team to a total of 306, which proved unreachable for Mackay.
In response, Mackay were bundled out for 121 inside 55 overs.
Last season when he earned selection in the Australian Country team, Eden said he trained and worked harder on his game than he had ever done before.
A former school teacher, the 28-year-old recently moved to Moura from Kingaroy to work alongside his father.
He now does his best to get to a Friday evening session with the Bulls, but given the distance he has to travel it's a big ask.
"I'm not doing much at all at the moment and that's why yesterday was so hard," a modest Eden said.
"I just didn't hit them as well as I probably could have.
"I still made some runs but it took a long time. I can't really get to training.
"The fellas I was batting with yesterday hit the ball cleaner, had a lot more time and it was really enjoyable to bat with them as it took the pressure off me.
"All I was worried about was not getting out, getting a one and getting up the other end. These guys just came in and got the runs and I just tried to bat for as long as I could.
"(The key to making big scores) definitely is concentration. The opposition are in your face.
"You've got 11 guys out there who want to get you out and it's just you and your mate. If you let that get to you you'll be back here in the sheds."
Fordyce has scored centuries in his last two innings for Central Queensland.
A clean striker of the ball, Fordyce recorded his first century when he belted 142 from 84 balls against Darling Downs in the final match of the Queensland under-16 championships in February.
A member of the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy, Fordyce believed he needed another big innings to secure his place in the North Queensland team.
"I've definitely got to back it up in these next two 50 over matches," Fordyce said, referring to Central Queensland's matches against Far North Queensland and Tropical North Queensland on November 1-2.
"Hopefully I can get a couple 50s or a hundred again and hopefully that will be enough to make the side."