Pace pair split role

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - TERRY WIL­SON terry.wil­son@news.com.au

QUEENS­LAND Bulls man­age­ment poli­cies have forced the Gold Coast Dol­phins into ro­tat­ing their pace pair in Bris­bane Premier Grade matches this week­end.

With last sea­son’s Bulls player of the year Michael Neser, the club cap­tain, over a hip is­sue the Dol­phins had hoped to play him and Aus­tralian un­der-19 rep­re­senta- tive Xavier Bartlett against Red­lands to­day and against North­ern Sub­urbs to­mor­row, both 50-overs af­fairs.

But the Bulls have told the Dol­phins that Neser will play to­day at Bill Pip­pen Oval against Red­lands and that Bartlett will take his place to­mor­row at Ian Healy Oval.

“The Bulls’ work­load man­age­ment poli­cies mean that Michael and Xavier are able to play only one match each,” coach Damian Wallis said.

“So we sort of have to do that. Ness will be play­ing against Red­lands and Xavier against Norths.”

Neser will boost the Dol­phins bat­ting against Red­lands. The Coast line-up has also been strength­ened by Round 1 star Cameron Fran­cis, back af­ter a week­end off through ill­ness.

Fran­cis im­pressed in the open­ing one-dayer, mak­ing 89 in a win against Wyn­num-Manly.

“We’ll have a lot of bat­ting with Cameron and Ness back in the side,” Wallis said.

Mak­ing way for the re­turn of Fran­cis is Jack Har­graves who will even­tu­ally be fight­ing for a place in the top or­der once last sea­son’s well-per­formed Liam Hope-Shack­ley re­turns from Eng­land.

Ahead of the Dol­phins is an­other round of one-day fix­tures to be fol­lowed, on the week­ends of Septem­ber 30 and Oc­to­ber 7 by the first of the two-day matches.

The Dol­phins come up against Val­ley at Bill Pip­pen Oval for that match.

THE BULLS’ WORK­LOAD MAN­AGE­MENT POLI­CIES MEAN THAT MICHAEL AND XAVIER ARE ABLE TO PLAY ONLY ONE MATCH EACH ... DOL­PHINS COACH DAMIAN WALLIS

Gold Coast pace pair Michael Neser and Xavier Bartlett will swap places dur­ing this week­end’s dou­ble-header to pro­tect their work­loads.

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