M'boro cricketers to spark Flames
BREAKING: Maryborough's Sam Chew says he is excited by the chance to play for Wide Bay Flames in the new Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge.
The 22-year-old joins Past Grammars teammate Paul Sanders as the only two players from the Fraser Coast named in the side, which is dominated by Bundaberg players.
The Flames will take on Darling Downs Suns, South East Queensland Stormers and Papua New Guinea Hebou Barramundis in the southern conference round robin tournament, which starts on September 29 at Bundaberg's Salter Oval.
Chew, a right-hand opener and wicketkeeper, said he was looking forward to playing in the fast-paced twenty20 concept.
"It's good to be picked because it's something different and a good chance to play with a different bunch of blokes," he said.
"I haven't played a great deal of twenty20 before, only in the preseason as trials, so it should be interesting to see how I go."
Each team will also be supplied a Bulls Masters representative who will act as a mentor and could receive a current Queensland Bulls or Brisbane Heat player with former Hervey Bay junior Nathan Hauritz touted as a possibility to line up for the Flames.
"It'll be good to see how they go about things and the little pointers and tips they give you," Chew said.
The Flames will have plenty to play for with the winners of the Southern Conference and Northern Conference getting the rare chance to play at the Gabba as the curtain raiser to the Heat's T20 Big Bash League clash against the Perth Scorchers on December 18.
Sanders, 29, said he was confident the Flames would perform strongly and declared the Stormers as their major hurdle to qualify for the final.
"There's some good strong numbers from Bundy and they've got a strong competition up there so I think we've got a good chance to go well," he said.