Ives takes the willow to best young players
LOCAL teenager Glen Ives played explosively to take out the title of best batsman at the recent annual Queensland Junior Cricket intrastate Under15s championships, held in Rockhampton.
Seven Douglas Cricket Association juniors competed in the intrastate age championships, with Daniel Davidson competing in the Under-12s in Brisbane, Tom Goodall playing in the Under-13s on the Gold Coast, Ethan Mccullough, Hayden D’addona and Ben Shrimpton competing at Mackay in the Under-14s and David Coultard and Glen Ives representing the Far North in Rockhampton.
Twelve teams from all over Queensland competed in the four different categories.
Glen’s use of mental strength, technique and concentration took his tally to 160 runs over four days, scoring a resounding 68 on one day alone.
President of the Douglas cricket association Bill Coulthard was very proud of Glen’s tremendous performance.
“Glen deserves every accolade he can get. He’s really matured as a cricketer and batted tremendously over the four days,” Bill said.
“The best cricketers in the state are there, and he really proved himself.”
Glen, who has been playing cricket since he was seven, was also pleased with his performance and hopes to develop further as a cricketer.
“I really want to keep going with it and one day make the state team when I’m old enough,” he said.
His Dad Noel Ives is supporting his son’s ambitions.
“He works really hard and it really paid off at the championships,” he said.
“He plays for the enjoyment of it, which is really important.”