Ju­niors ex­cited for state champs

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

JU­NIOR CRICKET

TA­LENTED young crick­eters Lach­lan Draper, 11, and Lochlan Bland, 14 will aim to make their mark at the up­com­ing state cricket cham­pi­onships for their re­spec­tive teams.

Both boys are prod­ucts of Proser­pine ju­nior cricket but cur­rently play for Souths in the Mackay club com­pe­ti­tion, trav­el­ling down with their par­ents twice a week for train­ing and games.

Lach­lan has been se­lected for the Mackay Whit­sun­day un­der-12s team, who will play five one-day matches in Ather­ton from De­cem­ber 16-21.

The ta­lented young­ster is a skilled bats­men and wick­et­keeper and said he was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing some fun at the tour­na­ment while play­ing cricket with his mates.

Lochlan is the elder of the two crick­eters and will rep­re­sent the Mackay-Whit­sun­day re­gion for the third year in a row when he runs out for the un­der-14s team in Mackay from De­cem­ber 16-21.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing with my team-mates. I’ve been with the same group for the last two years and we’ve all got­ten to know each other pretty well,” he said.

The pair has been train­ing hard a cou­ple of times a week in Can­non­vale as they pre­pare to face off against the best young crick­eters in the state in a few weeks.

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