SPORT: KELSEY STEPS UP FOR THE SHIELD

Four good in­nings could lead Kelsey to coun­try cap

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - GOOD MORNING FRASER COAST - MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY Matthew.McIn­er­ney@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

Nic Kelsey will have the best op­por­tu­nity of his young cricket ca­reer when he rep­re­sents South Queens­land’s un­der-21s at this week­end’s Scha­ef­fer Shield.

The Bushrangers all­rounder and reign­ing Her­vey Bay Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Player of the Year will line up along­side some of the state’s best young crick­eters, when they take on open-aged teams from South East Queens­land, Wide Bay, Gold Coast, and Dar­ling Downs.

A good per­for­mance in the side’s Twenty20 games could pave the way to an in­ter­na­tional tour, with se­lec­tors to name a side to rep­re­sent Queens­land Coun­try in a tour of New Zea­land later this year.

“It will be tough, the older blokes will have a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence but we should have speed on our side,” Kelsey said,

“I’ll be one of the younger ones in the team.”

Kelsey has strug­gled for runs in the Fraser Coast 40 Over A Grade com­pe­ti­tion.

A noted run ma­chine, he has scored just 94 runs from five in­nings (an av­er­age of 18.80).

He has been more dan­ger­ous with the ball in hand, tak­ing five wick­ets at 14.

His econ­omy rate of just 3.18 runs per over has helped the sec­ond-placed Bushrangers suf­fo­cate its ri­vals’ scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, as the side won four of its first six games of the newly-com­bined sea­son.

Rep cricket is a dif­fer­ent beast, and the faster bowlers may help the young­ster.

“I ac­tu­ally haven’t done too well in the lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion but there will def­i­nitely be more speed which I see as an ad­van­tage,” Kelsey said.

“You don’t have as much time to ad­vance down the wicket or plan, but I ac­tu­ally pre­fer that. I think the slower speeds get me. The tar­get is def­i­nitely to be picked for Queens­land Coun­try.”

Scha­ef­fer Shield starts to­day.

Photo: Cody Fox

BIG HOPES: Bushrangers all­rounder Nic Kelsey will play for South Queens­land’s un­der-21s this week­end.

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