Pace bowler's off the leash
JAMES Julius is ready to unleash on the LJ Hooker League again, and he will bring with him a bag of new tricks learned at the Australian Country Cricket Championships.
The pace bowler's return to club cricket will further strengthen a Cudgen side that sits unbeaten atop the ladder.
The team's winning form gives selectors a welcome head-ache ahead of today's clash with Tintenbar East-Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval.
All of Cudgen's bowlers have been playing well, making for a tough decision this morning, with the return of Julius and also all-rounder Nick Gray.
Julius enjoyed the country championships, but faced a tough challenge bowling on the flat wickets at Bunbury in Western Australia.
“It was really good, just the whole experience of playing at a higher level,” Julius said.
“I felt I bowled pretty well on some very flat pitches. They were very slow and there wasn't any movement off the seam. It was hard work.”
Julius bowled 17 overs in six matches for Queensland Country, taking two wickets at an average of 51. His best bowling was 1-30.
The Queenslanders finished fourth at the carnival.
LJ Hooker League batsmen haven't had the luxury of any dry, flat wickets this season and Julius will be salivating at the prospect of sending down a few deliveries on the green pitches of Far North New South Wales.
“It is good to be back,” he said. “And it will be good to get a run on a nice, green wicket.”
He will reunite with his partner in pace Michael Anderson, who has been in match-winning form.
Cudgen has beaten fellow top-four teams Lennox Head and Ballina Bears in the past two weeks and in Tintenbar-East Ballina it faces a fifth-placed team that will be desperate to steal a place in that top group.