Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

HAT-TRICK IN THE BAG FOR TEAMS; CQ Enjoys Convincing Representative Wins over Mackay

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

HAT-TRICK IN THE BAG FOR TEAMS; CQ Enjoys Convincing Representative Wins over Mackay

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

CRICKET: Mark Dingle was not the only coach happy at the weekend as all three Central Queensland age-group teams had convincing wins over Mackay opposition.

The win by the Open grade team will make it very difficult for players to force their way into the team, something Dingle acknowledges, with the squad due to be announced shortly for fixtures against North and Far North Queensland at Mackay the weekend after next.

Coaches of both the under-17 and under-19 teams feel the same way.

"We had a good win," under-19 coach Troy Paradies stated.

Upon winning the toss Paradies said his captain Alex Raguse decided to take the game to Mackay by electing to bat.

The decision proved to be a good one.

"We got off to a slow but solid start," Paradies said.

Raguse showed his teammates why he had elected to bat by scoring a well-compiled 90 at a run a ball.

"The wicket was true and it was difficult to bat on early, but they took their time," the coach said.

The rain during the week had made the outfield slow but the morning dew also gave the bowling side a few problems with the wet ball.

"All credit to Les Fryer and the ground staff as we got a full day's play in," he added.

Brent Hartley also got some runs next to his name, scoring 40.

"Most of the players got a start," Paradies said.

"We have a strong side that bats down the order."

Scoring 209 for the loss of eight wickets left Mackay the daunting task of knocking over four runs an over from their 50 overs to claim the victory.

Mackay was not up to the task.

The visitors got away to a shaky start and never got to grips with the pace attack of Hayden Busk and Ben Milne.

"They took three wickets apiece," Paradies said.

Busk was exceptional as he got a bit of movement off the track and forced batsmen to play and miss throughout his spell.

"Mackay tried to build partnerships but never got going," he added. …

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