Sport

Central Highlands cricketers bowled over by Longreach attack

Rowan Richardson keeps a close watch.
Rowan Richardson keeps a close watch.

ONE of the Central West's best bowling line-ups in recent memory has delivered a one-wicket win over Central Highlands in Longreach at the weekend.

The powerful bowling attack, led by Longreach captain Paul Currin (3-30), took no prisoners in the one-off representative fixture.

The CH visitors were left floundering in the top order at 3-44 and then 4-49, before a patient half century from Rolleston's Isaac Jones (51) steadied the ship.

Emerald wicketkeeper Rowan Richardson also made a handy 20 runs, together with a quick-fire 21 from CH captain Chris O'Shea, before the side was bowled out for 165.

O'Shea said early wickets were a must for CH in the second innings if they were to have any chance of taking a win.

Cue the invaluable contributions of Nick Winen (2-26 off six overs) and Magpies' all-rounder Nev Suell (2-46 off 10 overs), and bettered only by Jamie Schultz (3-23 off 10 overs) late in the match.

However there was little any bowler could do to halt the progress of the Longreach wicketkeeper who stole the show with an unbeaten 67 runs. The playmaker plied a 55-run partnership with Sam Gilbert (22 not out) to take the game in the 43rd over.

O'Shea said the nail-biting encounter was a testament to the skills shown by the Longreach bowlers.

"It's the best bowling line-up we've come up against pretty much as long as we've been playing," he said.

"But it's always tough travelling out there.

"We were missing at least five of our under-19 players who were away with CQ cricket.

"But that's no excuse, we batted poorly."

The attention now turns to the four-way Central Queensland representative competition, with Central Highlands taking on Rockhampton next weekend in Emerald.

And the task won't be getting any easier either, as Rockhampton looks to maintain its 10-year winning hoodoo over Central Highlands in round one of the series.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Growers urged to adapt to changing climate

Horticultural industries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Photo: Growcom.

Climate change poses severe risk to horticulture industry.

Sports clubs' water rates discount extended

The Biloela Panthers' field at Rainbow St. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Clubs at two sports grounds will receive a 40% discount.

Mayor urges drought-affected farmers to contact Department

Banana Shire mayor Nev Ferrier is urging drought-affected farmers to contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to have their properties individually drought-declared. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Individual properties can still be drought-declared.

Latest deals and offers

Callide Dawson businesses form Chamber of Commerce

The first region-wide Chamber of Commerce was officially formed at a meeting at the Biloela RSL last week.

Growers urged to adapt to changing climate

Horticultural industries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Photo: Growcom.

Climate change poses severe risk to horticulture industry.

Sports clubs' water rates discount extended

The Biloela Panthers' field at Rainbow St. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Clubs at two sports grounds will receive a 40% discount.

Mayor urges drought-affected farmers to contact Department

Banana Shire mayor Nev Ferrier is urging drought-affected farmers to contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to have their properties individually drought-declared. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Individual properties can still be drought-declared.

Moura woman still recovering after head-on collision

Tracey Lisle's car on the night of the crash. Photo: Contributed.

Vehicle was parked when another car veered off-road.

Jump in orphaned joeys down to the dry

An injured kangaroo is looked after at the Biloela Veterinary Clinic. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Wildlife service blames drought as more kangaroos hit by cars.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked