Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sorrensen on Mission for Return of Tigers; Veteran All-Rounder Faces Gracemere as Showdown Begins

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sorrensen on Mission for Return of Tigers; Veteran All-Rounder Faces Gracemere as Showdown Begins

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Byline: aaron kelly aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au

CRICKET: Greg Sorrensen loves a challenge and the veteran all-rounder is one man on a mission this weekend.

Sorrensen, 36, will don the whites for his Norths Tigers in a must-win Southern Star Sports Shield match today before backing up to lead Rockhampton's title defence in tomorrow's Central Queensland Championship final in Gladstone.

The Tigers take on close rivals Gracemere on day one of their two-day showdown at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds - with the winners in the box seat to secure the third and final semi-finals berth with three rounds remaining.

Sorrensen, in his second full season back at the crease following a 10-year break from the sport, is enjoying a strong season with the bat for the Tigers.

The former Queensland Country rep sits in sixth spot in the competition's top-10 batsmen with 256 runs to his name at an average of 36.6.

The Tigers are coming off back-to-back one-day losses last weekend at the hands of competition leaders Brothers Southside, who have the round 13 bye, and today's opponents, Gracemere.

After a lengthy break due to byes, washouts and the Christmas break, Sorrensen believes the Tigers are about to turn the corner and admitted victory against Gracemere would be the momentum they needed to pounce on a finals spot.

"It's getting to a stage where it's must-win for us," Sorrensen said at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds yesterday.

"It's been a long time between games for a lot of the side. We've certainly got the team to do it, but the form with the bat this year has been a bit shaky.

"Last week we showed signs of improvement with the ball and in the field, but it's our batting that's letting us down."

The father of three is equally excited about tomorrow's challenge against Gladstone in the representative decider - and grudge match.

"It's always good against the Gladstone boys," Sorrensen said.

"They're obviously very keen to beat us, as we are them, and they've got the runs on the board after last time. …

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