Mackay Whitsunday victorious in all three NQ grades
IT was an unfortunate start for teams from Central Queensland in the opening round of the 2012-2013 North Queensland Cricket Alliance Championship at the weekend.
The visiting Mackay Whitsunday teams were too strong, dominating the hosts at Rockhampton Cricket Ground in all three grades - open, under-19 and under-17.
Mackay Whitsunday won the open grade toss and elected to bat in the 100-over match against a CQ side captained by Dan Williams of The Glen Cricket Club in Gladstone.
Six Gladstone men played in the weekend's open competition - the match to watch.
The CQ contingent were runners-up last year and Mackay Whitsunday had just come off their Queensland Bulls Masters Twenty20 Tournament win.
Leading batsman Alex Machin settled in for a long stint at the crease, reaching 72.
Mark Carter top scored with 99 not out but was denied a century when Mackay-Whitsunday was dismissed for 333 in 99.5 overs.
Trent Sorohan, who plays for Yaralla, had the best bowling figures, taking three wickets from 74 runs off 19 overs, while Frenchville's Brock Siegert took 2-67 after a 25.5 overs bowling.
The CQ side went in to bat trying to chase the large total but was all out for 257 after 77 overs.
Shaun Irlam bowled CQ number one batsman Liam Kirk out for a duck, and he also took the wicket off first drop Ken Litschner for 0 runs.
Brent Hartley helped steady the ship with 21, while Jason Seng (49) and Dan Williams (75) boosted the hosts' total.
Mackay Whitsunday won the game by 76 runs.
CQ's Williams said his side's batting had let them down.
"They (Mackay Whitsunday) bowled exceptionally well," he said.
Last year's winners Tropical North were defeated by Cricket Far North by 28 runs in Townsville at the weekend.
Williams said he was looking forward to the next round on November 3 when CQ played Cricket Far North and Mackay Whitsunday faced Tropical North in Mackay.
"We've got a very strong side," he said. "With Townsville losing to Far North it leaves the competition wide open."