In-form Jack is finding knack

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - BRENT O’NEILL [email protected]

CONQUERING his mental demons has given a re­ju­ve­nated Jack Hargreaves the be­lief he be­longs in Queens­land Premier Cricket as the Gold Coast Dol­phins tar­get a break­through Twenty20 ti­tle.

In and out of the Dol­phins’ first grade out­fit since mak­ing his de­but in 2014-15, Hargreaves re­paid the club’s faith last week­end with a knock of 83 in a high-scor­ing draw with Souths.

The 25-year-old, now in his ninth sea­son at the club, has bat­ted in ev­ery top-six po­si­tion but be­lieves he may have found a home - at least in the long form - as an opener.

While that is likely to change this week­end when the Dol­phins play their first round of T20s against Sun­shine Coast, Univer­sity of Queens­land (to­day) and Wyn­num Manly (to­mor­row), Hargreaves is fi­nally back­ing him­self to de­liver the goods.

“I’m a big self-doubter, I’ve strug­gled with that (over the years),” said Hargreaves, whose sec­ond-grade scores of 60, 1 and 100 this sea­son have twice earned him a re­call to the top side.

“I’ve been in and out of first grade ev­ery year. I play a few games up there with­out ever re­ally star­ring and then I go back to twos and I do well there to then go back up but not ce­ment a spot.

“(But) es­pe­cially this year, get­ting dropped and then mak­ing those scores in the twos, it’s sort of reaf­firm­ing that I do be­long back up in first grade.

“If I got a few away in these

T20s that would re­ally sit me well go­ing into Christ­mas.”

The Dol­phins will be boosted by the re­turn of big-hit­ting opener Max Bryant for this week­end’s games, which be­gin in Bris­bane to­day be­fore re­turn­ing to the Coast for to­mor­row’s one-off fix­ture.

The prize at the end of this sea­son’s T20 com­pe­ti­tion is a ticket to the in­au­gu­ral, 10team na­tional tour­na­ment in Adelaide on March 5-6.

“That was talked about at the start of the year. It would be pretty cool,” Hargreaves (pic­tured) said.

Com­ing off back-to-back T20 wins in the Katherine Ray­mont Shield, the Dol­phins’ women re­turn to one-day ac­tion against Wests at Chel­tenham Oval to­mor­row.

Max Bryant, Lewin Mal­a­day, Max Houla­han (c), Scott Palombo, Liam HopeShack­ley, Jack Hargreaves, Trent Arnold, Mitch Daly, Matt Kuh­ne­mann, Jack­son Smith, Ben Davis

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