Albert Wilkins has scored three centuries already this season in Central Downs cricket.
Albert Wilkins has scored three centuries already this season in Central Downs cricket. Gerard Walsh

Wilkins fires in new captain role

EVERY team wants 11 players with the dedication of Albert Wilkins.

The Cambooya all-rounder is captain of the Nobby team which currently leads the Central Downs Cricket Association points table.

Last season, Wilkins had a lean time with the bat only scoring one half century but has found form in his new role as captain.

This season, he has scores of 143, 105, 120 and 10 for an average of 94.5.

"I am the skipper, I have to make runs," Wilkins said.

This is his first season as Nobby captain after being captain of Oakey at a time when Nobby was still playing in the then Back Plains Cricket Association competition.

He has won two premierships with Nobby and won three club player of the year awards. Wilkins has been runner up for the association player of the year.

On Sunday, he continued his fine form into the Mitchell Shield competition top scoring with 74 in a victory against Warwick at Slade Park.

It was his first innings for three weeks after breaking a finger keeping wickets for Nobby in a club game.

Wilkins is confident his Nobby team has a strong chance to win the premiership this season.

"We can finish on top of the points table, any time can win it from there," he said.

Wilkins doesn't just play for Nobby and Central Downs, he travels to the Lockyer each Saturday to play club cricket for Helidon.

"I have played for Helidon for the past three years," he said.

Before that, his Saturday cricket was for University in Toowoomba where he joined with a group of mates to win three successive B-grade premierships.

Wilkins has played cricket on both Saturday and Sunday for the past 15 years.

"I absolutely love cricket," he said.

In between summer weekends packed with cricket, he works for Toowoomba Regional Council.


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