Sunshine Coast batter Nick Selman and Gold Coast batter Callum Taylor will play important roles for their respective teams in the Final of the Kookaburra T20 competition that will be held at the Gabba as a pre-cursor to Sunday night’s KFC Big Bash League game between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder.
The duo have been teammates at Glamorgan for the past few years, although 26-year-old Selman has made the decision to return to Australia to pursue his career options.
Selman joined Glamorgan in 2016 and made 61 first-class appearances for the Welsh county, hitting 2,863 runs and seven centuries.
He also played 24 T20 matches, as well as 19 List A games for the club.
A regular fixture in Sunshine Coast teams since his teens, Selman has spent time this summer playing for Geelong in the Victorian Premier Cricket competition.
The Welsh-born Taylor, who grew up on the Gold Coast and was a Queensland youth representative player, is another who has spent summers in Australia and winters in the UK for the past few years.
Selman and Taylor celebrated success earlier this year when Glamorgan won the Royal London One Day Cup with Selman top-scoring in the win over Durham in the Final. The duo each had the experience of being teammates of Australian Test duo Marnus Labuschagne and Michael Neser during the northern summer season this year.
Taylor, 23, was a stand-out for Gold Coast in their semi-final win over Wynnum-Manly last weekend, top-scoring with 85 not out off 55 balls as he and Brisbane Heat replacement player Hugo Burdon (79 off 45 balls) took charge.
The duo will headline a host of players who will have their taste of the BBL ‘big time’ on Sunday as the KFC Queensland Premier Cricket competition returns to the Gabba for a decider after an absence of several years.
The hours leading up to the Brisbane Heat’s first Gabba game of this summer’s KFC Big Bash League will feature the defending T20 champions Gold Coast taking on a red-hot Scorchers side that has powered to the decider off the back of some exceptional batting.
As well as Selman, the Scorchers will boast in-form top-order batsman Josh Matthews as well as big-hitting allrounder Blake Maher.
The pair each hit centuries on Saturday, along with opener Harry Clark-Burnham who registered his maiden first grade ton in the Scorchers’ mammoth total og 8-491 against Toombul at Ken Mackay Oval in their Sci-Fleet Motors two-day competition match.
The Gold Coast are waiting on the availability of former Brisbane Heat and Queensland Bulls paceman Nick Buchanan who missed their semi-final to rest a minor pectoral muscle strain.
Sunday’s game starts at 12.15pm and access is via Gate 2 on Stanley Street, with free admission.
Sections 230-233 will be open for seating. Fans will need to leave the ground at the conclusion of the game to enable it to be prepped ahead of that night’s BBL match.
Timings for the Final are as follows:
FIRST INNINGS - 12.15pm start, 1:35pm finish
BREAK - 1:35pm start, 1:50pm finish
SECOND INNINGS - 1:50pm start, 3:10pm finish
Meanwhile the Alan Pettigrew Shield second grade T20 Final will be contested by the Sunshine Coast and University of Queensland at Ken Mackay Oval from 10am on Sunday.