READY for action. Alex Rigby, left, James Julius, Chris Carroll and coach Butch McDonald prepare for this weekend?s O?Day Shiel
READY for action. Alex Rigby, left, James Julius, Chris Carroll and coach Butch McDonald prepare for this weekend?s O?Day Shiel

Rep teams hit Tweed for two-day battle

By TANIA PHILLIPS

REPRESENTATIVE cricket comes to the Tweed this weekend with the best of South East Queensland's young cricketers on show in Murwillumbah.

South East Queensland which includes players from the Tweed, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Beaudesert and Beenleigh - will take on teams from Wide Bay, Darling Downs and Gympie in the two-day O'Day Shield competi- tion.

It is the first time the event has been played on the Tweed and the local area will be well representated.

Local stalwart and Tweed District Junior Cricket President Ray 'Butch' McDonald will coach the side with four young local players being chosen to play.

South Tweed Colts' Alex Rigby is expected to bat at four for the SEQ side while Pottsville's Aaron Laycock will come in at first drop. Colts are also represented by bowler Chris Carroll while all-rounder James Julius has been drawn from Cudgen.

McDonald said a team would be picked at the end of the event. "That side will then play the Queensland Under-17 and Under 19 teams at Alan Border Oval," he said.

"It is the first time we have hosted this event and hopefully not the last."



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