Ipswich quicks spearhead South Queensland
IT IS probably too early to label them the next Lillee and Thomson or McGrath and Gillespie.
But Ipswich fast bowlers Steven Homburg and Sean Lutter have begun to establish themselves as a formidable opening partnership.
The pair has been chosen in the South Queensland under-19 team to play North Queensland at Allan Border Field on November 10-11.
Their selection came following South East Queensland's performances at the O'Dea Shield at Hervey Bay last weekend.
SEQ won both its games, against Darling Downs City and Country teams, but missed out on the title by a bonus point.
Wide Bay claimed the title after also winning both its games.
"They took a few more wickets than us," SEQ coach Aaron Moore said. "But you can't do any more than win all your games.
"It's a good result."
On Saturday SEQ compiled 7-247 then restricted DD City to 8-173 with Homburg and Lutter each claiming a wicket.
On Sunday DD City made 5-214 with Homburg (1-31), Sean Lutter (2-39) and his brother Rowan (1-37) among the wickets.
In response, SEQ reached the total with one wicket in hand after Sean (22 not out) and Rowan (27) made telling contributions.
Rowan was unlucky not to join his brother and Homburg in the SQ team.
"They were our two opening bowlers," Moore said of Homburg and Sean Lutter
"They started us off well both days by applying pressure, bowling good lines and good areas.
"Sean is a tall, lanky right-armer who bowls with really good wheels.
"Steve is a shorter version.
"He's a bit Andy Bichel-like who puts it in the right spot and swings them away."
Both Lutters and Homburg will line up for Ipswich Logan in the opening Plunket Shield match of the season against the Gold Coast this weekend, with Moore the coach.
"We're looking pretty good," Moore said. "Our main focus is to develop the younger guys.
"Get them a bit tougher about their cricket mentally.
"The ability is there and I'm sure we're going to compete."