Teen star to buck up colts
By TANIA PHILLIPS
QUEENSLAND under-16 development team representative Ben Condon has been called into the South Tweed Colts side to take on Terranora at South Tweed today.
All-rounder Condon, leading wicket-taker for South East Queensland in the Queensland championships earlier this year, comes in for experienced batsman Tony McDonald.
McDonald, a high-ranking official with the Gold Coast Titans NRL side, will be at the Titans' first trial match this weekend at Coffs Harbour, giving Condon, 16, his big break in first grade.
"This is an excellent opportunity for him," Colts captain Joel Walle said.
"We will keep him up for a couple of games to give him a chance to get used to it."
Condon, a promising batsman as well as a solid right-arm medium pace bowler, is expected to come into the middle-order ? batting around six.
His inclusion is the only change for Colts, who are currently sitting in second spot on the Tweed District ladder behind Cudgen and just in front of early front-runners Murwillumbah.
Consistent bowler Chris Carroll looks set to play with a niggling ankle injury, making it through Thursday night's light training run.
With just two games to go before the final series, points are vitally important for all clubs, and with Colts boasting several former Terranora players, the side would like nothing better than to repeat its first-round winning performance against the Lakers.
However it will be a very different Terranora side that takes to the field this week, with Terranora beset by injuries in recent weeks.
"We are missing up to six players for this match," Terranora president Mick Harrison lamented.
The side's key man, all-rounder Craig Bonner, remains out with a back injury, while opening batsman Joe Clark is out with cracked ribs.
All-rounder Mick Gray has a knee injury, while Rod Schaeffer broke his arm.
Meanwhile Murwillumbah will be determined to pick up the points against last-placed Pottsville at Seabreeze Oval, Pottsville today.
However the third-placed side will not have it all its own way on current form.
Pottsville finished third in the one-day competition and has been steadily on the improve since the Christmas break.
Captain Steve Distant puts the improvement down to the performances of all-rounder Aaron Laycock and fast bowler Michael Anderson.
Although he is suffering from a knee injury which has stopped him bowling at the moment, Laycock has been the form batsman and could prove dangerous even against the tough Murwillumbah bowling line-up.
"He has been brilliant and Anderson has been bowling really well," Distant said.
"I still think we are in with a bit of a chance against Murwillumbah."
Murwillumbah has named an unchanged team from the one that went down to Cudgen in last week's one-day final.
Cudgen has the bye.