Penin­sula still aim for top

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

TWO Moss­man State High School Year 11 stu­dents David Coulthard and Kaiden Sorensen have just re­turned from Bund­aberg where they rep­re­sented the Penin­sula team in the 19yrs and un­der Cricket State Cham­pi­onships.

Moss­man SHS HPE teacher and coach of the Penin­sula team Ben Vikionko­rpi said the team played fan­tas­tic cricket over the 3 day cham­pi­onship pro­duc­ing the best re­sults from a Penin­sula team in his 7 years of coach­ing the U19 Penin­sula team.

Matches were 110 overs per day and the first day was the tough­est match played against South Coast see­ing Penin­sula lose the game by only 1 run on the last ball of the day with a fi­nal score of 7/223 to 6/224.

The sec­ond day against Sun­shine Coast saw a win for Penin­sula mak­ing 10/ 250 and Sun­Coast 11/125. Third day re­sults against North­ern were also won by Penin­sula 10/330 and North­ern 7/250.

Two boys from the Penin­sula team, namely David Coulthard from Moss­man and Rhys Camil­leri from Tully were se­lected for the Qld team.

Rhys bat­ted out­stand­ingly, achiev­ing 72 not out, 55 and 45 re­spec­tively over the three days.

Tak­ing a new ap­proach to his bat­ting, David Coulthard scored a fan­tas­tic 58 runs on the third day of the match and took a to­tal of six wick­ets over the com­pe­ti­tion. Five of th­ese wick­ets were taken in one match against Sun Coast, boast­ing fig­ures of 5-35.

Un­der bowled, Kaiden Sorensen also pro­duced some out­stand­ing eco­nomic bowl­ing tak­ing five wick­ets for the com­pe­ti­tion with his best re­sult at 3/7 off 8 against Sun Coast. His to­tal fig­ures were 5/43 off 21 overs for the to­tal three days; a true tes­ta­ment to the tight line and length he con­sis­tently bowled.

Both MSHS stu­dents took the most wick­ets for the Penin­sula team along with spin bowler Jakeb Valente from In­n­is­fail who reg­u­larly chimed in, keep­ing the wick­ets fall­ing.

The Penin­sula team fin­ished fourth from 10 teams (equal third on points) in the Cham­pi­onships, win­ning two matches and los­ing the third by only 1 run. More con­sis­tency in field­ing and tak­ing wick­ets when needed would have had them fin­ish higher up the lad­der.

With such close re­sults Ben Vikionko­rpi is look­ing for­ward to coach­ing the team again next year where Penin­sula will be aim­ing for a first fi­nals rank­ing which hasn’t oc­curred in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion in this age group.

REPS: Ben Vikionko­rpi, Ben Coulthard and Kaiden Sorensen

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