Ju­nior Pi­rates and War­riors bat­tle it out on cricket pitch

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


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.

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