Luke Barrett, 18, has been named in the Queensland Country under 19 cricket team.
Luke Barrett, 18, has been named in the Queensland Country under 19 cricket team. Claudia Baxter

Country honours for cricketer

ONE wicket for 80 runs might not seem like great bowling figures but for Ipswich cricketer Luke Barrett, they were enough for him to reach his 2011 cricket goal.

The Central Districts all-rounder has been selected in the under-19 Queensland Country team following last weekend's representative fixture at Allan Border Field.

His South Queensland team lost to their North Queensland counterparts in conditions that left bowlers looking to the heavens for some divine help.

Barrett said his team's impressive total of 370 was never going to be enough in a batsman's paradise. "The pitch was pretty much a road and the outfield was lightning fast," he said.

"The ground also has pretty short boundaries so it was incredibly tough for the bowlers."

Despite missing out on the batting runfest, Barrett said even though his bowling figures may not have read that well, they were better than most.

"It was really tough for the spinners and in the end I think I was probably the best of the bunch," he said.

With the cricket season still in its infancy, Barrett may have to reassess his cricketing goals for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old said he will now look to take advantage of his good form.

"It was a goal of mine to get in this team so it's great to get picked," he said.

"We'll play a couple of matches against the Queensland under-17 squad in late November.

"I'll have a T20 and a two-day game to improve my game."

Barrett's super summer looks set to continue well into December when he jets off to India as part of a Centrals touring party.

The tour, born out of this summer's Harmony cricket series in Ipswich, will see a 17-strong Centrals squad travel to the cricket-mad nation for a series of one-day and T20 fixtures.

But thoughts of his first overseas cricket tour will have to wait for Barrett as he concentrates on end-of-year exams at the University of Queensland.

The sports science student said study was his primary focus at the moment following his heavy cricket schedule.

The matter-of-fact teenager said he hasn't really decided what lies ahead either in his cricket or his career but it seems when he does decide to set some new goals, history shows he gets there.



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