Lee adds global insight to Flames
FORMER Queensland all-rounder and Twenty20 gun Lee Carseldine will take the field alongside Maryborough's Sam Chew and Paul Sanders in the inaugural Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge in Bundaberg later this month.
The 36-year-old has been chosen as the Bulls Masters player who will coach and mentor the Wide Bay Flames cricket players.
Carseldine, a left-hand batsman who played with the Adelaide Strikers in last season's T20 Big Bash and once featured in Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals, said he was excited by the opportunity to pass on his knowledge to the region's best cricketers.
"I'm looking forward to the chance to work with the squad and help them out both on and off the field," he said.
Not surprisingly, Chew, 22, couldn't wait to play with Carseldine.
Asked what he thought of opening the batting with him, the wicket-keeper batsman said: "Anywhere in the top four would be great.
"Just watching him play will be a good experience.
"If I get the chance to bat with him at some stage that would be something different."
The Flames face off against Darling Downs Suns, South East Queensland Stormers and Papua New Guinea Hebou Barramundis in the Southern Conference tournament, which will be held at Bundaberg's Salter Oval on September 29 and 30.
Carseldine said the event would be a great opportunity for players in the region to put their name forward for higher honours.
"There will be a state selector at both the Northern and South Conference tournaments, so it's a chance for some of these players to take the next step if they're good enough," he said.
Chew said having a recently retired player turn out for Wide Bay was a massive boost to their chances.