Ipswich teenager Sam Fellows is comfortable about his prospects at the national under-17 championships starting next week.
Ipswich teenager Sam Fellows is comfortable about his prospects at the national under-17 championships starting next week. Claudia Baxter

Fellows ready to shine at champs

AS he prepares to represent Queensland under-17s at the national championships, Sam Fellows is confident in the knowledge his game is up to the challenge.

Fellows will be joined by Laidley wrist spinner Jack Wood in the Queensland team. The side this week played two warm-up games against a Queensland Country under-19 outfit, featuring Ipswich's Luke Barrett.

Fellows made 16 not out and took 1-8 in the Tweny20 game, then hit 44 not out and took 2-43 in the two-day game.

"That's what I was hoping for," he said. "I wanted a positive start to go away with to Hobart."

The former Central Districts cricketer has joined Wests in Brisbane this summer, becoming a regular fixture in the club's second grade side.

The spin bowling all-rounder took a four-wicket haul against University of Queensland recently as well as two-for against Valleys and 13 not out in his only bat.

It has been a big step up from Ipswich cricket but Fellows is coming to terms with the demands.

"It's a very different style of cricket," the Raceview 16-year-old said.

"In Ipswich it is more attacking. In Brisbane it is a waiting game.

"You have to stay out there all day if you want to get runs.

"You can be out there having to face six foot six blokes bowling 135kmh at you.

"It's a lot of hard work. You've just got to get through it."

And that's just the batting.

"In Ipswich if you bowl a good ball, you don't get hit around," Fellows said.

"In Brisbane I'll bowl what I think is a good ball and still get hit for a single.

"Batters have a very good knowledge of what they can do and they're always looking for runs.

"Even fielding (is different).

"You're always moving, looking for a run out. You're always involved in the game."

Fellows hasn't been available for Wests every Saturday because he's still juggling cricket with his other sporting love - football.

He has been trialling with the Brisbane Lions Premier Youth (under-19) squad.

"Some people have been saying 'what are you going to do'?" he said.

"But I have no idea yet.

"I'm still not ready to give up either one."

Fellows has represented Queensland and Australia at under-15 level so has a fair idea of what to expect in Hobart.

"I know it is going to be a lot harder (than the national under-15 championships)," he said. "Under-17s is really serious stuff and results really count.

"You can make 100 one day and nothing the next and they can say you haven't been consistent."



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