SEQ side's improving form for Shield bid

SEQ and Laidley District first grade captain Alex Welsh.
SEQ and Laidley District first grade captain Alex Welsh. Lachlan McIvor

CRICKET: After a slow start to the representative season, SEQ coach Craig Jesberg is keen to see his latest side show what they can do at this weekend's Schaefer Shield tournament.

The SEQ combination, featuring players from the Ipswich and Warehouse competitions, head to Maroochydore having limited time together.

However, after some encouraging club performances in recent weeks, Jesberg has every reason to expect his players to step up in their three T20 matches on Saturday and in Sunday's final game.

Captain Alex Welsh has been leading the way for Laidley with two hundreds this season.

Centrals offspinner Matt Guest regained some terrific form with three wickets in last Saturday's Harding-Madsen Shield one-day competition.

Other seasoned representative players include quality batsman Michael Ridgewell and bowling spearhead Michael Topp.

Exciting Laidley youngster Tom Schultz adds some spice to the bowling.

Opener Troy Cooper has been scoring some useful runs for Northsiders.

New players include Warehouse trio Addy Grewal, Arif Mansuri and Mitch Thomson.

The SEQ side features wicketkeepers David Tyler and Matt Taviani.

"Overall, it's a handy side,'' Jesberg said.

"Pulling in four players from Warehouse, it should be a very competitive side.''

SEQ are scheduled to play Wide Bay at 8am on Saturday before T20 encounters against Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Sunday's round features playoffs from Saturday's results.

South Queensland and Queensland Country teams will be chosen after the tournament for future representative opportunities.

The SEQ Schaefer Shield side playing at Maroochydore on Saturday and Sunday: Alex Welsh (captain), Ben Swinn (vice-captain), Matt Guest, Geoff Klease, David Tyler (wicketkeeper), Caleb White, Michael Ridgewell, Michael Topp, Troy Cooper, Tom Schultz, Matt Taviani (wicket- keeper), Arif Mansuri, Mitch Thomson, Addy Grewal. Coach: Craig Jesberg.

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