Harry's best of both worlds
CRICKET: When the unfortunate realisation came through that Yaralla Cricket Club will not field a team in the A-grade, Harrison Rideout decided he wants to continue to play at the top level.
And the fast bowler also plays for his original club in the under-17 competition which makes this compromise evidence that the development of junior players is the focus.
Harrison, 16, and his mum Paula Rideout approached The Glen and as it turns out, he will make his debut with his new club in the newly-formed A-grade Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge.
The Glen take on Rockhampton Brothers in the 40-over format from 10am today in Rockhampton. "It was a tough move and Yaralla has been really supportive of Harry,” Paula said.
"Yaralla didn't have enough numbers to have an A-grade team, but The Glen have been wonderful and the players have welcomed him with open arms.”
Harrison has a busy schedule in the next few weeks where he will play for the central Queensland U18 side against the CQ U21 team in a trial game Rockhampton next weekend.
"He then will play for CQ against Tropical North on October 21-22 and then against Far North and Mackay in Mackay on November 4-5,” Paula said.
The Glen captain David Heymer said the return of a gun all-rounder will also boost the team.
"Jason Seng is back from working away,” Heymer said.
The stylish right-hand batsman said the new competition will benefit cricket in the region.
"I think the six-team competition should be good for cricket in central Queensland and should strengthen the competition and make the cricket better,” Heymer said.
As for personal goals, the laid-back Heymer has a simple approach.
"I have no real targets in runs, but want to score as many as possible,” he added.
Reigning premiers BITS take on Gracemere in Frenchville also from 10am today.
Meanwhile the reserves and B-grade commence today and tomorrow in a T20 format.
The Glen are up against Brits and Colts to verse Yaralla in the reserves today from 2pm at Sun Valley and BITS Oval respectively.
The B-grade competition starts tomorrow from 2pm with The Glen Black against The Glen Gold at Sun Valley.
The other match is between Yaralla and Calliope at Yaralla.