Hard yakka key for quick
A REMODELLED bowling action and a strong work ethic have delivered Rhys O'Sullivan an unexpected early reward.
The Central Districts opening bowler was this week selected in the South Queensland team to take on North Queensland at Allan Border Field on November 24-25.
"It was a real big surprise," O'Sullivan said.
"I wanted to make the South East Queensland side last year but missed out and was a shadow player.
"So I worked hard in the off-season doing extras and I'm starting to see the results."
O'Sullivan was rewarded for his 0-14 (five overs) against Darling Downs City and 1-18 (10 overs) against Darling Downs Country as SEQ claimed the Schaeffer Shield last weekend at Toowoomba.
He may not have taken a swag of wickets but he gave nothing away with impeccable line and length bowling.
"Just consistency," he said of his bowling plan.
"I tried to bowl tight areas and build pressure on one end, which makes it easier for the team and the bloke bowling at the other end.
"I'm just trying to hit the same spot and be as consistent as I can."
O'Sullivan admits it was a "step up" from Ipswich grade cricket and he has little time to prepare for the next big step.
In three weeks, O'Sullivan, along with fellow Ipswich representatives Ben O'Connell and Craig Cumming, will attempt to stop North Queensland's recent dominance of the Country Cup.
"It definitely makes it easier having a few familiar faces there," O'Sullivan said.
While hard work has been the key, O'Sullivan has also been rewarded for taking the chance to change his bowling action.
"I changed it so I'm a lot more fluent," the 21-year-old said.
"It feels easier and I'm enjoying bowling now.
"It just felt a bit wrong.
"I've changed the ball position in my delivery stride and my arm in my follow-through.
"And I'm hitting the crease hard each delivery.
"It's taken a while to get used to but I've had help from everyone at the (Central Districts) club."
But O'Sullivan had no expectations of his new action bringing such immediate success.
"I'm very happy with it," he said.
"I wanted to try my best to make South East Queensland.
"I wasn't expecting anything higher."
As such he hasn't given much thought to possible Queensland Country selection.
"I just want to enjoy it," O'Sullivan said of his top cricketing priority for the summer.
"If it's there (Queensland Country selection), I'll take it.
"But I just want to enjoy the experience.
"It's my first South versus North game at Allan Border Field.
"Talking to a few fellas, they've said it is a batters' paradise so I'll have to bowl really tight."
In the meantime, O'Sullivan returns to spearhead Centrals' efforts at rescuing their two-day game against Brothers at Mark Marsh Oval.
Brothers resume at 0-9 in pursuit of Centrals' first innings 166.