Luke Johnstone will debut for the CQ Centurions.
Luke Johnstone will debut for the CQ Centurions. Chris Ison ROK141115ccricket6

Double dose of 50-over action for Centurions sides

CRICKET: The CQ Centurions will go into battle against Mackay-Whitsunday in the opening round of the North Queensland Championships this weekend.

The open, under-21 and under-18 teams will play two one-day matches at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

CQ Centurions open captain Aaron Harmsworth is impressed with the make-up of his side, which includes players from Rockhampton, Emerald and Gladstone.

"We've certainly got what you would expect to see at this level; we have five or six handy bowlers and we bat right down the order,” he said.

"We have quite an aggressive batting line-up which will suit the 50-over format.”

Harmsworth knows Mackay-Whitsunday will have their tails up after they went through undefeated at the Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge in Mackay a fortnight ago, booking a spot in the final to be played at the Gabba in December.

"They've come off a successful campaign there so they will be pretty confident,” he said.

"I know a fair few of the guys; they're young and energetic and they love their cricket so they'll be ready to go.”

The Centurions have a new coach in Jason Wells and two debutants in Luke Johnstone and Cameron Keene who both put in solid performances for the CQ Seamers at the T20 Country Challenge.

Harmsworth said key to success this weekend would be batting the full 50 overs.

He also expects talented all-rounders Joe McGahan and Sam Lowry, who scored a classy century in the Capricorn Challenge last weekend, to play an integral part.

The final two rounds of the NQ Championship will be played in Mackay on October 29 and 30, where the CQ Centurions will play Far North Queensland and North Queensland.