Bowl­ing ’em over

Glad­stone im­port Han­nah takes on her fa­ther in game opener

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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