Centrals captain Ben O'Connell is back in the Queensland Country side.
Centrals captain Ben O'Connell is back in the Queensland Country side. Rob Williams

Ipswich cricketer in state team

IPSWICH allrounder Ben O'Connell has retained his place in the Queensland Country cricket team for the national championships.

O'Connell was named in the state team after his efforts representing South East Queensland in Mackay over the weekend.

The experienced Centrals first division team captain and West Moreton Anglican College teacher has been a key part of the country team in recent seasons, playing vital roles at Australian tournaments.

O'Connell, 30, represented the Queensland Country Brahman's team for the fourth time at the Australian Country championships in South Australia early this year.

The Queenslanders finished third in Mt Gambier, a year after winning the national title when left-handed batsman and spin bowler O'Connell was named player of the tournament.

The latest Queensland Country Brahmans and Queensland Country women's sides will chase their respective Australian Country titles in Wollongong in January. 

The Country women, in their first tournament,  finished third like the men in the previous championships. 

The Brahmans will again be captained by Townsville wicket-keeper Tony Hampson and include Gold Coast brothers Sam and Harry Winton. 

The Queensland women's team includes several regionally based players, as well as current Queensland Fire bat Tess Cooper. 

The Queensland Country Brahmans men's team: Gerard Fox (Atherton), Sean Danaher (Townsville), Ben O'Connell (Ipswich), James Spargo (Gold Coast), Chris Stanger (Cairns/FNQ), Sean Fitsimmons (Gold Coast), Jake Roach (Cairns/FNQ), Tony Hampson (c, Townsville), Sam Winton (Gold Coast), Justin Dixon (Townsville), Shaun McCarthy (Toowoomba), Michael Salerno (Cairns), Harry Winton (Gold Coast), Adam Knesevic (Mackay).

 Queensland Country women's team: Alexandra Weeks (University of Qld), Ashley Spina (Townsville), Carly Cooper (Darling Downs), Eliza Flynn (Darling Downs), Hannah Clarke (University of Qld), Jessica Carroll (Gold Coast), Lauren Shackleton (Sandgate-Redcliffe), Meagan Dixon (Townsville), Stacy Rockliff (Townsville), Tess Cooper (Sandgate-Redcliffe), Stephanie Baldwin (Townsville), Stephanie Morgan (Townsville), Alice Cartwright (University of Qld), Anna Paton (Sandgate-Redcliffe).



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