Junior Pirates and Warriors battle it out on cricket pitch
FRIDAY afternoon cricket returned to the Kelsey Creek cricket field last week with the Under 14’s Proserpine Pirates and the Whitsunday Warriors doing battle for Friday afternoon bragging rights.
It was decided to make the under 14’s game a two week game with 40 overs per team split over two weeks.
The Warriors made first use of the wicket. The Pirate bowlers started well with Jayden Lane and Mat Shoebridge taking early wickets.
However, after a couple overs, Darcy Larkin started punishing any loose deliveries scoring five boundaries on his way to 32 not out.
After 20 overs, the Warriors were 70 runs.
The Pirates were then asked to start their first 20 overs. The Warriors lost a couple of quick wickets but Regan Knight and Mat Shoebridge belted the Pirate’s bowling at- tack around and out of the park.
Regan cleared the boundary three times on his way to 34 not out, and Mat Shoebridge scored five boundaries on his way to 27.
The Pirate’s amassed 98 runs from their first 20 overs. Both Jack Dwyer and Warwick Watts bowled well for the Warriors.
The under 10’s played a one day Twenty20 match.
The Proserpine Red’s bat- ted first with Louie Smith doing well compiling 17 runs and Nicholas Hansen making 9. The Red’s made 49 from their 20 overs. Some tidy bowling from the Proserpine Blue’s Corey Dwyer, Jay O’Loughlin and Keyra Smith helped keep the Reds run rate down.
The Blues began slowly due to some good bowling from the Reds bowling attack. Jack Pini, Drayer Smith and Louie Smith bowled well and kept the pressure on the Blues. Ho- wever, when it looked like the game was going to be close and go down to the wire, Jay O’Loughlin (29) and Corey Dwyer (19) opened up and blasted a number of boundaries. At the completion of the Blue’s 20 overs, they had plastered 77 runs and an easy victory.
The “mini-cricketers” honed their cricket skills in a double wicket game. Each batting pair was allocated four overs to score their runs. Each player was able to put into practice some of the cricket basics such as running between the wickets, bowling actions and batting techniques.
Weather permitting, the junior cricket will continue this Friday from 4pm.
The season is set to close on Friday, March 21 so there are still a number of rounds left in the season.
New players are welcome to come along to try before signing up.