Wanderers tour with legends
WARWICK cricketers Jamie Saunders and Matt Elford will be in a Wanderers team with two former Australian players when they tour Queensland next month.
Saunders and Jason Steketee were the two selected at the end of the 2010-2011 season under an arrangement where two promising players from the Warwick Cricket Association are selected in each annual Wanderers tour through the Warwick Breed a Bull promotion.
Steketee has withdrawn due to work commitments.
Saunders is an opening batsman and wicketkeeper and is likely to receive some helpful hints on tour from former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy.
Fast bowler Greg Rowell has represented Australia and is one bowler set to help Warwick all-rounder Elford with his medium pace bowling.
The team also includes former state spinner Dennis Lillee and current state players Nathan Reardon and Ryan Broad.
Stanthorpe spinner Neil O’Connor is the third Southern Downs player in the team.
One player with a local connection is former Queensland Country wicketkeeper Brad Murphy, who has played club cricket in Warwick.
The team travels by coach from Brisbane to Yeppoon for its first game on August 17. In the next 11 days, the Wanderers will play at Mackay, Bowen, Home Hill, Charters Towers, Blackwater and Taroom before its presentation lunch at the Dalby RSL on August 28 on the way back to Brisbane.
TEAM: Brad Murphy, Dennis Lillie, Brian Walters, Neil O’Connor, Caleb Machin, Jarrod Bichel, Matt Elford, Jamie Saunders, Michael Strange, Justin Frew, Russell Turner, Josh Connolly, Lee Watts, Cameron Brimblecombe, Ray Tiley, Greg Rowell, Steven Farrell, Nathan Reardon, Ryan Broad and Ian Healy.