CRICKET: Queensland Country coach Lenny Martin has declared Gladstone duo Sam Lowry and Jason Seng as the best performers for their state at the halfway point of the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton.
The Queenslanders are still in contention to claim the overall title, despite going down to New South Wales Country in the T20 final.
Lowry and Seng have been on song with bat and ball respectively, with their efforts not going unnoticed by Martin.
All-rounder Lowry has dominated with the bat so far, posting knocks of 43, 38, 37, 31 and 13 which have included four sixes.
Seng has been Queensland's go-to bowler at the death, returning figures of 2/23 off 3.5 overs in game one, a magnificent spell of 3/9 off four overs in game two and 3/23 off four overs in game five.
"(Seng) is consistently our best bowler. He's gone really well in both the T20 and One Day games,” Martin said.
"He bowls consistently, changes his pace - a very cluey bowler who uses his head and a brilliant player in the short form of the game.
"He's been our best bowler so far without a doubt.
"Him and Brenton Edwards were bowling when we beat Western Australia - they needed seven runs off three overs and they didn't get them - (Seng) bowled two of them.”
While Seng has the ball on a string, left-hander Lowry has been seeing them like beach balls at the crease.
"He's our best bat and our most consistent. All our other batters haven't aimed up, one or two of them got going but they've just lacked consistency,” Martin said.
"He's only failed in one game during the T20 final but that wasn't the reason we lost.
"The rest of the time he's batted really well and he knows what he's doing.”
Queensland currently sit in fourth place, with the side looking to win big in its remaining matches in order to reclaim first place, which they held during the opening days of the Championships.
Queensland was 0/161 after 33 overs chasing WA Country's 9/180 at the time of print last night.
"Because other teams are going to beat each other now it will make it a bit of a log-jam for top spot,” Martin said.
"NSW (first) got beaten (on Tuesday) and South Australia (third) beat us. NSW, SA and East Asia Pacific (second) are equal top on 10 points and we're on six points.
"Victoria are only one point behind us so we just have to aim up and win all our games really well and try to get a bonus point here and there.”
Teams receive two points for a win which go toward the overall championship.