Ben O’Connell
Ben O’Connell Rob Williams

No luck for Ben at country champs

IPSWICH all-rounder Ben O'Connell couldn't repeat his stellar form at Bendigo last year as Queensland Country finished third at the Australian Country Cricket Championships at Mt Gambier.

The defending champions failed in its bid for back-to-back titles by winning three of its five matches.

Player of the tournament last year, O'Connell scored just 59 runs at an average of 11.9, but made up for it with a solid bowling performance taking five wickets at an average of 9.4.

His best performance came against East Asia Pacific, picking up four wickets in Queensland Country's final match of the tournament.

The Central Districts captain tore through East Asia Pacific's middle order and at one stage was on a hat-trick.



‘Not every day we get a train in our backyard’

Premium Content ‘Not every day we get a train in our backyard’

“I just can’t believe it.” Freight containers strewn over equestrian centre.

'Fearing catastrophe': Dangerous goods on derailed train

Premium Content 'Fearing catastrophe': Dangerous goods on derailed train

Among the carriages of the freight train, stretching almost 1500 metres long, were...

Heroic locals step up as flash floods hit

Premium Content Heroic locals step up as flash floods hit

‘People were caught off guard’ - heroic locals stepping up across the region.