Gympie cricketer Tom Manthey steps up to the plate to play for Harlequins in A Grade competition against Valleys today. Manthey will hit the ground running, opening the bowling for Harlequins.
Gympie cricketer Tom Manthey steps up to the plate to play for Harlequins in A Grade competition against Valleys today. Manthey will hit the ground running, opening the bowling for Harlequins. Craig Warhurst

Manthey ready for a big debut

GYMPIE State High School captain Tom Manthey makes his big debut in A Grade cricket for Harlequins against Valleys today.

Harlequins captain Peter Kross expected Manthey, a fast-pace bowler and handy batsman, to make a big impact in the two day match, stepping up from reserve grade.

“Tom is a talented player and I think he will go well today,” he said. “We have him opening the bowling.”

Kross, meanwhile, was optimistic of Harlequins’ chances of rolling Valleys.

“Our team is more suited to the two day format so we should put in a good showing,” he said.

“We’re at full strength too for the first week, so that gives us many options.”

The Harlequins’ captain said his side’s trademark patience would be a major asset.

“Valleys can be a bit flashy but we will just try and be patient and make the runs,” he said.

The second A Grade game will be fought between Colts and Wests.

Both teams enjoyed first innings victories last weekend and are brimming with confidence ahead of a new round.

With the Gympie Gold playing at Albert Park, today’s A Grade matches will be staged at the One Mile Ovals.

Valleys and Harlequins play on Kozminsky Oval while Wests and Colts shape up to each other on Jack Ison Oval.

The remaining draw for this weekend’s cricket matches is as follows:

B Grade

Valleys vs Harlequins, Gabba Grass No1

Wests vs Colts, Gabba Grass No 2

C Grade

Valleys vs Colts, Gympie South State Primary School

Tin Can Bay vs Harlequins at Tin Can Bay

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