Hervey Bay’s Chris Hughes took six wickets on his debut for Colts in the Gympie A grade competition.
Hervey Bay’s Chris Hughes took six wickets on his debut for Colts in the Gympie A grade competition. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Hughes bowls in to make impression

CHRIS Hughes has bowled his heart out for Fraser Coast Cricket A grade premiers Bushrangers for more than 10 years.

Now the 28-year-old fast bowler from Hervey Bay has opened a new chapter in his career, one that means he has a fair commute to make each Saturday to do it.

The Wide Bay representative is so desperate to play more cricket that he’s joined a club in Gympie, a club where they play in a competition where two-day games feature prominently.

An opening bowler, Hughes has had enough of playing one-day cricket, the only type of cricket on offer in the Fraser Coast Cricket A grade competition.

So he did something about.

He made his debut for the Colts A grade team on Saturday and he made an immediate impression with the ball.

Hughes took six for 69 in a 14-over spell on day one of the clash against Valleys.

Valleys were all out for 150 but Hughes might have to play a role with his bat yet as the bottom-of-the-ladder Colts are five for 92 in reply.

Hughes said he was pleased he had made the move south and with good reason.

“I spent some time out through injury earlier in the season (he broke a finger playing for Wide Bay and was sidelined for six weeks) that I wanted to try and get as much bowling as I possibly could,” he said.

“Bowling a maximum of eight overs in the one-dayers in the Fraser Coast competition would do that for me.

“I need more than that – I’m a fast bowler and we thrive on lots of overs,” he laughed.

But while Hughes, who stands an imposing 6ft 5ins, is happy to do his best for Colts at the moment, it doesn’t mean he’s bowled his last delivery for Bushrangers.

“I am dual registered so that means I can still play for Bushies and I may play a couple before the end of the season,” he said.

“My heart will always be with Bushies but I want to play against some new players and challenge myself again.

“Playing in Gympie gives me that opportunity and I am really looking forward to it.”



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