Ashley an arresting sight
ASHLEY Renouf ensured plenty of cricketers copped plenty of awkward deliveries during a representative tournament in Toowoomba.
The 25-year-old Maryborough police officer starred with the ball while playing for Wide Bay in the annual South Queensland Country Championships.
A fast bowler, Renouf, took eight wickets in the two one day games - the most taken by a bowler from any of the four teams contesting the championships.
It was a performance that helped Wide Bay win the prestigious Schaeffer Shield for the first time in nine seasons and helped earn Renouf selection in the South Queensland Country team to play in the Queensland Country selection showdown against North Queensland in Townsville next month.
Renouf took five for 28 off 10 overs in game one against South West Queensland, a game Wide Bay won convincingly.
Wide Bay scored a massive four for 334, a total Maryborough's Brad Wex (50) and Hervey Bay's Shane Muller (77 not out) contributed significantly to.
In reply, South West Queensland were dismissed for 157 thanks to Renouf and Muller (two for 37).
Renouf, a member of the Queensland team that won the 2009 Imparja Cup, the national indigenous cricket championship, continued his good form in the clash against the star-studded Toowoomba City line-up the next day.
The Past Grammars representative took three for 32 off his 10 overs to help restrict Toowoomba to seven for 177 in reply to Wide Bay's 244.
Muller, who was also selected to play for South Queensland Country, was again in the wickets, finishing with three for 30 off 10 overs.
Renouf said he was pleased with the way he bowled in the championships.
“They came out pretty good so I was really happy about that,” Renouf, whose cousin is former Australian, Queensland and Brisbane Broncos star, Steve, said.
“It was probably the quickest I've bowled this season.”
As for his selection, Renouf said he was thrilled.
“As a cricketer you always strive to play at the highest level you can,” he said.
“I am really looking forward to it.”
Muller, who plays for the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade defending premiers, Bushrangers, said Renouf thoroughly deserved his selection.
“He bowled exceptionally well, especially in the game against Toowoomba,” he said.
“The Toowoomba line-up included five of the Queensland Country team from last season so to take three wickets against them was a fantastic effort.”