Porta’s perfect start in CQ colours
STEVEN Porta shone with bat and ball in his first appearance for Central Queensland today.
The talented all-rounder top scored with 66 and took three wickets in the CQ Centurions win over Mackay-Whitsunday in the opening game of the North Queensland Championships.
Mackay batted first in the 50-over game at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.
They were dismissed for 147 in the 48th over.
Lane Kohler was their best batter, scoring 41 off 41 balls before he fell to Joe McGahan, who finished with the impressive figures of 3/17 off 10 overs.
In the run chase, CQ were at 3/38 before Porta and Brent Hartley (34) steadied the ship with a vital 71-run partnership.
Cameron Keene, who came in at number eight, put on 23 as CQ reeled in Mackay's total in the 42nd over.
Porta, who lives in Barcaldine and makes the 12-hour round trip each weekend to play club cricket with Gracemere, couldn't have asked for a much better start to his CQ rep career.
He said he just focused on the basics during his 66-run innings.
"It was just about setting little goals and playing each over at a time," he said.
"I had a pretty lengthy partnership with Brent Hartley. We just wanted to bat time; we knew if we did that, we had the batsmen there to get the runs in the end and that's how it went."
Skipper Sam Lowry said it was great for CQ to get off to a winning start, making special mention of the "brilliant" performance from Porta.
CQ will look to make it two from two when they play Mackay again tomorrow in a T20 game and Lowry is confident of another strong showing.
"The batting order will change a little bit and the bowlers will bowl in different spots but again, we're pretty well suited to T20 cricket because we've got quite an aggressive team.
"We've got a lot of blokes who can bat and a lot of blokes who can bowl which gives us plenty of options and we're also a really good fielding team."
Sunday's T20 game starts at 9am at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.