Bowling ’em over
Gladstone import Hannah takes on her father in game opener
Her dazzling display helps secure win for Gladstone, now headed for Queensland cricket trials in October
WHEN Mungungo’s Rob Staines took to the crease in the Mungungo v the world final he was nervous to learn it would be his daughter Hannah opening the bowling for Gladstone.
And although Mr Staines (right) managed to escape Hannah’s deadly attack, the 15-year-old import went on to become the leading wicket taker for the Gladstone team.
The only girl to play in the all-important finale took a brilliant catch at deep cover dismissing Mungungo’s Dave Hampson, before sending Malcolm William’s middle stump flying.
“It felt pretty good getting the wickets,” Hannah said.
“But I knew when my dad came out to open the batting and I was opening the bowling I probably wouldn’t get him out because he knows how I play.
“I have got him out in backyard cricket before though.”
Mungungo captain Nev Dahtler was unimpressed with Gladstone’s tactics.
“They should have forfeited,” he laughed. “You’re not allowed imports.”
The dazzling display from Hannah helped secure Gladstone the win, and it was no surprise to spectators to learn she is off to the state cricket trials in October.
The season starts for her Bundaberg club at the end of September, where she is also the only girl.
She said she was happy for the pre-season practice on the weekend.