Queensland under-17 cricketer Luke Barrett.
Queensland under-17 cricketer Luke Barrett. File

Come in spinner for cup crusade

IS it the climate, the soil our cricket pitches are rolled into, something in the water or the Ipswich sporting psyche?

Whatever it is, it is churning out high quality left-arm spin bowlers with remarkable regularity.

This weekend senior Ipswich spinners Paul Milne and Ben O'Connell will try to wrest the Queensland Country Cup from North Queensland's grasp for South Queensland in Cairns.

On Monday Ipswich juniors Sam Fellows, Jack Wood and Luke Barrett will be at it for the Queensland under-17 and Queensland Country under-19 teams at Nudgee College.

All are lefties.

Wood, the only wrist-spinner amongst them, and Fellows will represent Queensland under-17s against Barrett's Queensland Country under-19s.

Barrett was picked as his team's number one spin bowler following his 1-80 representing South Queensland against North Queensland earlier this month.

It may not seem like the most impressive bowling figures, but on a batsman's paradise Barrett did well.

His South Queensland team made 370 before North Queensland reached the target only five wickets down.

"I bowled pretty good," the 18-year-old sports science student said.

"They were short boundaries and a fast outfield.

"I tossed most of them up but tried to keep it tight so I darted a few in.

"I tried to bowl maiden overs to build some pressure."

He will only get to meet his new teammates on Monday, before they play a Twenty20 match against the under-17s.

That is followed by a two-day game on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I think the under-17s won last year," he said.

"They've normally got a lot of good players.

"I hope to bowl well and get a few wickets."

It will be the end of Barrett's representative season but not his cricketing adventures for the year.

Barrett will be part of a Central Districts tour to India from December 9.

"I'm pretty excited," he said.

"It should be good.

"It will be pretty tough.

"The teams we are up against are all academy players."

Barrett is prepared for some culture shock but has one thing in his favour - he likes curry.

"I don't mind it, so that's a good thing," he said.



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