In-form Jack is finding knack
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