Taipans primed for season's killer strike

Trent Anderson's all-round skills will be needed if Callide Dawson are to push for a spot in the final of the Central Queensland Cricket Championships. Photo Cameron McCrohon / Central Telegraph
Trent Anderson's all-round skills will be needed if Callide Dawson are to push for a spot in the final of the Central Queensland Cricket Championships. Photo Cameron McCrohon / Central Telegraph Cameron Mccrohon

THEIR batsmen's inability to post big scores has been Dawson Valley Taipans' Achilles heel over the past four seasons.

But Simon Green is out to remedy that perceived weakness and he is confident he won't have to do it alone.

In the opening three matches of the 2012/13 Callide Dawson Cricket season Green has scored 277 runs - 56 against Valentine Plains, 111 against Colts and a second century last weekend against Primed XI.

Last season he formed a formidable combination with Justin Elliott, with the duo scoring the bulk of Taipans runs.

But the quick scoring right-hander doesn't believe that Taipans rely solely on the duo.

"You cannot win a premiership with just two good batsmen alone and I don't think we (Taipans) are in that situation.

"We have a very strong top order with anybody capable of scoring runs - not just the two of us.

"For example Paul Zonca has scored two half centuries in his two games."

Last season, Taipans went through the season undefeated, falling short of victory in the grand final and Green said he and his team mates would love to go one better this season.

"We have a really strong team again this year and we all have high hopes this season."

Green first started playing for the Dawson Valley side, while he was attending St Brendan's boarding school, playing while home at his family's property during the school holidays.

After leaving school he moved south to Dalby and Toowoomba but didn't really get back into playing cricket on a regular basis until he returned to Banana three years ago.

Last weekend Taipans easily accounted for Primed XI, scoring 7/262 off 40 overs.

Green topped scored with 110, while Paul Zonca (70) and Al Becker (31no) chipping in.

Warren Hughes bagged 3/31 to help bowl Primed XI out for 117.

The Squads

Callide Dawson selectors have named their squads for the opening Central Queensland Cricket Championships.

The open squad is; S Boal (c), B Jenkinson, A Millican, R Odewahn, T Hogan, R Hampson, W Weeks, L Craig, T Anderson, J Elliott, S Green, R Stanley, A Carbery. Second XI squad: M Brandt (c), B Boal, J Weeks, N Cavanagh, D Marks, L Sketchly, J Cooper, J Deeley, K Sketchly, L Sheppard, S Farmer, B Wagner, C Marks, B Benecke.

The first match is against Gladstone in Gladstone on November 18.

If unavailable contact S Boal on 0447008168 or T Anderson on 0448866959.

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