Toowoomba to host Australia’s top country cricket stars
CRICKET : Toowoomba’s ovals will host Australia’s best country cricket talent in January.
Queensland start their Australian Country Cricket championship bid against the ACT on home soil on January 3.
Former QLD Bulls spinner Cameron Brimblecombe, who played in the inaugural Darling Downs Bush Bash league, will spearhead the Brahmans’ campaign alongside two other Toowoomba players.
Wests teammates Sam Neale and Chris Gilliam have also been named in the squad after strong showings at the recent Queensland Country Championships.
Neale, who played for the QLD under-19s at last week’s national titles, is set to make his senior representative debut with Gilliam having played for the Brahmans in the past.
More than 300 players and officials, including a invitational women’s team from South East Asia, will head to the Garden City for the titles.
“It’s exciting to be able to help bring this standard of cricket to the region,” Toowoomba region councillor Geoff McDonald said.
“The championships and the January 5 Twenty20 exhibition game between the Bulls Masters All Stars and ACCC XI will be great viewing.
“The last time we hosted the championships was in the ‘90s.
“We were able to bring them here partly through our sports tourism grant program and one of the lasting effects of that is we have been able to secure extra sidescreens for local cricket clubs.
“It will also be a massive economic boost for the region.”
The QLD women’s squad also has a strong Darling Downs contingent with Bruce Deem coaching Warwick’s Carly Cooper and fellow Toowoomba products Eliza Flynn and Maggie Murphy.
“With players in the men’s and women’s teams it is a great reason for the community to get out and cheer Queensland on,” McDonald said.
“Hopefully it also encourages some of our younger residents to try their hand at cricket.”