Domestic News

Walter called in for Shield opener

Monday October 12, 2009 by  

Left-arm pace bowler Scott Walter is in line to play for the Queensland Bulls in tomorrow’s Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield opener against Western Australia in Perth after the team was finalised today.

Walter, who made his first class debut late last season against WA at the Gabba, took eight wickets for the Queensland Academy of Sport in the recent Futures League win over ACT and comes into the squad for Australian One Day International allrounder James Hopes.

Hopes will continue to recover from some minor injury concerns ahead of his departure with the Australian team for their seven-match ODI series against India from next week.

The 20-year-old Walter could form part of a four-pronged pace attack along with Ben Laughlin, Ben Cutting and Grant Sullivan after the selectors omitted leg-spinner Daniel Doran from the original 13-man squad. Read more

Warriors prevail in a thriller over Bulls

Sunday October 11, 2009 by  

Western Australia has opened its 2009-10 Ford Ranger Cup season with a thrilling two-wicket victory over Queensland in Perth this afternoon.

Set a modest target of 162, the home side struggled in the afternoon sunshine with most of the salvage task left to the middle-late order batsmen, especially all-rounder Ashley Noffke and medium paceman Brett Dorey.

Noffke, in his first match for his new state, bowled superbly and batted his team into a winning position to claim the man of the match award.

Ben Cutting made early inroads when he trapped Shaun Marsh lbw in the sixth over, pocketing fellow opener Wes Robinson in the 22nd over with a skied pull to Nathan Rimmington at mid wicket. Read more

Fire eye young talent

Saturday October 10, 2009 by  

The Queensland Fire have added two of the State’s brightest young talents to their playing roster on the eve of the 2009-10 Women’s National Cricket League.

Bundaberg schoolgirl Rebecca Hollindale has been elevated from the Fire rookie list to a full Fire contract while Sandgate-Redcliffe teenager Kate McCarthy has been added to the Fire rookie list.

McCarthy captained the Queensland Under-17 team last season and is eligible again this season to play at that level.

McCarthy, who played for the Queensland Academy of Sport Second XI last season, is also a promising touch footballer and athlete. Read more

Duo in line for Shield debut

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

Batsmen Glen Batticciotto and Wade Townsend are in line to make their first class debuts in Perth next week after being named today in a 13-man Queensland Bulls for the opening Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield match of the season.

The two left-handers have been included in the Bulls first class squad along with towering fast bowler Grant Sullivan who is set to make a first class cricket for the first time since March 2008 after an injury-disrupted summer last year.

Sullivan was twelfth man on five occasions last season but could not force his way into the starting line-up.

The 194cm quick is the equal leading wicket-taker in the First Grade premiership with 14 wickets at 12.7 including two five wicket hauls for Toombul. Read more

Barsby earns new Bulls deal

Wednesday October 7, 2009 by  

Queensland Cricket today announced that Trevor Barsby has been reappointed as coach of the Queensland Bulls for a further two seasons.

Today’s Queensland Bulls media launch featured the announcement that Barsby had accepted a new two-year deal upon his return from the recent Ashes tour where he served as assistant coach to Australian coach Tim Nielsen.

Barsby competed his first season in the role after being appointed in May last year to succeed Terry Oliver as the Bulls coach for the 2008-09 season.

The 100-game veteran tasted success in his inaugural season in the job with Queensland making three Finals and winning the Ford Ranger Cup. Read more

Hopes picked for Bulls season opener

Monday October 5, 2009 by  

Australian One-Day allrounder James Hopes has been named in the opening Queensland Bulls team of the season for Sunday’s Ford Ranger Cup clash against Western Australia at the WACA.

Hopes, who will be in action tonight in South Africa as Australia defends its ICC Champions Trophy crown in the Final against New Zealand, will make his cameo appearance for the Bulls prior to Australia’s departure to India for a seven-match ODI series later this month.

The 13-man Queensland squad named today contains 10 members of the side that won the Ford Ranger Cup title last season, with left-handed Toombul batsman Wade Townsend and 18-year-old pace bowler Alister McDermott coming into the one-day line-up for the first time.

Both Townsend and McDermott played in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash tournament last season for the Bulls. Read more

Innovative new Futures League ready

Thursday October 1, 2009 by  

Some fresh innovations to the playing conditions are the feature of the new-look Futures League competition announced by Cricket Australia today.

The Futures League and Futures League Twenty20 will replace the competition formerly known as the CA Cup from the 2009-10 season onwards.

The recommendation to revitalise the second tier competition comes via a High Performance Pathway Review and is aimed at increasing opportunities for Rookie and emerging players in a competitive format.

The leagues are also positioned to create additional benefits to Australian cricket, enhancing the profiles of some of Australia’s best young talent and increasing cricket’s appeal as the ‘sport of choice’ for talented young athletes. Read more

Eight new sculptures for Adelaide Oval

Wednesday September 9, 2009 by  

SACA President, Mr Ian McLachlan has announced that thanks to the generous support of Mr Basil Sellers AM, the SACA will be commissioning eight new sporting sculptures for Adelaide Oval.

“The SACA Board is absolutely delighted by this extraordinarily generous gift to the Association, its Members and this state,” Mr McLachlan said.

“The work is to be completed during the next four years and will comprise sculptures of four cricketers and four Australian Rules footballers all of whom would have played at the highest level at the Adelaide Oval for South Australia or Australia. Read more

NSW name strong squad for CL Twenty20

Tuesday September 8, 2009 by  

New South Wales have named an international strength squad for the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) which starts in India on October 8.

Having qualified for the Tournament by winning the 2008/09 KFC T20 ‘Big Bash’ in a pulsating Final against Victoria (who have also qualified), New South Wales will be up against stiff opposition from around the world as they compete for a stunning first prize of US $2.5M.

The CLT20 brings together the 12 best domestic teams from around the world who have qualified through their own national tournaments.

The CLT20 will start with the teams being divided into four groups of 3 teams where each team will play against each other in their group. From there, the top two teams from each group will advance into two groups of four and a further round robin format. Read more

Warriors hold upper hand

Friday October 10, 2008 by  

Western Australia has made a promising start on the first day of the season opening Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield clash against New South Wales at the WACA Ground in Perth today.

The Warriors finished the day at 3-106 with captain Marcus North unbeaten on 24, joined in the last over by nightwatchman Trent Kelly.

Liam Davis and Luke Pomersbach punished the Blues bowling attack, led by Nathan Bracken, with twin rapid-fire knocks of 30 and 23 respectively.

Shaun Marsh provided the anchor role and consolidated at the other end for a patient 25 off 92 balls, sharing a third wicket stand of 43 with North before he was dismissed in the final over. Read more