Ipswich mates to take on Tasmania
TAKING Michael Clarke's wicket twice made the weekend's Sheffield Shield triumph over NSW special for Cameron Gannon.
Adding to the enjoyment he derived from contributing to Queensland's outright win was seeing his former Ipswich Grammar Schoolmate and good friend Nathan Reardon succeed alongside him.
Gannon claimed 2-16 and 4-61 while Reardon made 42 and 13 not out in the match at Allan Border Field.
It was enough to ensure the two IGS old boys were again picked in the Queensland XII for this week's clash with Tasmania, starting Friday in Hobart.
Reardon has been considered more a short form specialist over the past two seasons, regularly overlooked by the Bulls for Sheffield Shield fixtures.
Just as Gannon's route into the Queensland Shield team was opened by injury to Ben Cutting, so too Reardon has had an opportunity in the absence of James Hopes.
"Nathan and I are pretty good friends," Gannon said. "He's an immensely talented individual.
"If he wants to play Shield cricket, he's more than capable.
"He's come a long way in the last couple of years and is definitely a viable option."
Cutting is back to face Tasmania but Gannon's form against NSW, which included twice dismissing Clarke caught behind, ensured he would not be the one to make way.
Adding further to Gannon's enjoyable few days was the surrounds at Allan Border Field, which made a pleasant change from the cavernous Gabba, which remains virtually empty for Shield clashes.
"It was awesome to play on AB Field," Gannon said. "The atmosphere is always excellent.
"It was good to see a lot of young kids come along.
"They were there hitting balls on the grass with their fathers.
"We should play a few more games there."