The Glen's Sam and Seng on song way out West
CRICKET: The Queensland Country team has warmed up to be in peak form ahead of its opening T20 games against East Asia Pacific and Western Australia at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton tomorrow.
Queensland team manager Jonathan Smith said The Glen pair Sam Lowry and Jason Seng will play important roles.
Seng was rushed into the team following a hand injury to Townsville's Justin Dixon and it will be his second championships campaign while Lowry will make his debut.
"We played University of Western Australia in the afternoon that we arrived and we batted first and made 4-146 with Mitch English, the vice-captain from Mackay got 65 then we bowled them out for 120,” Smith said.
The teams met again in a 50-over match and Queensland Country made short work to bowl Uni out for 75 runs.
"Wickets were shared around and then we had a bit of a bat and kept on batting once we passed them (UWA) to give the top six a bit of a hit,” Smith said.
Lowry batted at the top of the order and made 25 before he retired as the Queenslanders lost just one wicket in the run chase.
Queensland Country play two T20 matches on Saturday against South Australia Country and Victoria Country.
"We then play one game on Sunday morning (New South Wales Country) and then that evening there's a T20 final,” Smith said.
"Monday's a rest day and then on Tuesday we start playing 50-over games against each other.”
Lowry narrowly missed state selection last year as Queensland won the championships while Smith said an important cog across all facets.
"Sam is a very good player and the benefit of Jason is that his sort of bowling will be very useful on these sort of wickets and he probably strengthens our batting,” he said.
Tmw: QC v EAP; QC v WA. Sat: QC v SAC; QC v VC . Sun: QC v NSWC; final - TBD
Jan 9: QC v SAC. Jan 10: QC v WAC. Jan 11: QC v NSWC. Jan 12: QC v EAP. Jan 13: QC v VC