Ju­nior cricket in full swing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

JU­NIOR CRICKET

CRICKET re­turned to the Kelsey Creek sport fields last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

There was a good mix of old and new play­ers who were keen to take to the wicket for some cricket ac­tion.

The un­der-12s and 14s com­bined to form two teams for their Fri­day Arvo Twenty20 big bash chal­lenge.

The Proser­pine Pi­rates lead by Darcy Larkin won the toss and elected to bat with the Whit­sun­day War­riors field­ing.

The top or­der for the Pi­rates fired with Matt Hansen (16), Cooper Lane (16) and Theo Brown (14) get­ting the team off to a great start.

The War­rior bowlers did well to stall the Pi­rate on­slaught with Jack Dwyer and Eran Kirkpatrick both get­ting a pair of wick­ets each as the Pi­rates fin­ished their twenty overs with a re­spectable 104 runs.

The War­riors lead by Howard McDon­ald then be­gan the run chase.

Both Howard McDon­ald (10) and Matt Shoe­bridge (10) made steady starts against some good at­tack­ing Pi­rate bowl­ing.

Har­ri­son Sher­ring­ton (20) and Re­gan Knight (20) hit nu­mer­ous bound­aries for the War­riors in their run chase.

How­ever, the War­riors just could not quite sink the Pi­rates and were con­tained to 96 runs.

The best of the Pi­rate bowlers were Theo Brown and Matt Hansen.

The un­der-10s played a dou­ble wicket com­pe­ti­tion to re­move the cob­webs and en­sure ev­ery­one re­ceived a bat and bowl.

Each bat­ting pair re­ceived four overs to com­pile their runs.

The Have A Go (5 to 7 years) and Have A Game (7 to 9 years) mini crick­eters started their sea­son with a range of games de­signed to build their skills and un­der­stand­ing of the game. The pro­gram is fo­cused on en­sur­ing the kids have fun, build their skills and learn about team work.

There are still va­can­cies avail­able for boys and girls aged 5-9 years in the HAG pro­gram. New­com­ers to the HAG once reg­is­tered will re­ceive a back­pack with bat, ball, shirt, hat and other ex­tras.

The Proser­pine Ju­nior Cricket games are held Fri­day af­ter­noons from 46.15pm at the Kelsey Creek sports ground about two kilo­me­tres through Proser­pine.

The mini crick­eters start at 5pm and fin­ish at 6pm.

If any­one wants to join up it is not too late, sim­ply turn up at the ground, sign up, and away you go.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact ei­ther Brett Hansen on 0429 448 315 or Scott Hardy on 4945 5502.

FIRED UP: Bella Pini mak­ing a solid hit at the ju­nior cricket at the Kelsey Creek Sports Com­plex on Fri­day night. Photo Rhi­anna Bull / Whit­sun­day Times

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