Cy­clones take down Taipans

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET

CY­CLONES have edged out their Taipans ri­vals in an ex­cit­ing twenty20 clash at the week­end.

Cricket play­ers took to the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds on Fri­day night, with the Cy­clones sent into bat first.

Noel Waipape and Har­ri­son Sher­ring­ton opened the bat­ting, with the for­mer re­ceiv­ing a tremen­dous de­liv­ery in War­wick Watt’s first over.

Har­ri­son added seven while Re­gan Knight hit 17 in a strong part­ner­ship worth 24.

War­wick struck again to re­move Re­gan, and from there it was the Taipans’ bowlers who dom­i­nated, re­strict­ing the Cy­clones to just 51 from their 20-overs.

The Taipans’ open­ers strode to the wicket with an air of con­fi­dence; how­ever the Cy­clones’ open­ing bowlers Noel Waipape and Re­gan Knight turned the match on its head – claim­ing five wick­ets for just six runs.

The dra­matic col­lapse had Taipans’ play­ers won­der­ing if they’d reach dou­ble fig­ures.

War­wick Watts (12) and Zac May­nard (12) made a fist of the game with a last-wicket stand worth 35-runs; how­ever the pair would fin­ish four short of Cy­clones’ to­tal.

The un­der-11 Proser­pine Red and Blue teams com­peted in their twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion as well.

The Reds bat­ted first, notch­ing 69 thanks to Jay O’Lough­lin’s 18.

The Blues in re­ply were led by Keira Smith (16) and Corey Dwyer (18).

Roy Blain chipped in with 10 dur­ing the mid­dle overs while Jack Pini (7) and Cameron Shearer (7) en­sured the Blues reached the tar­get with two overs in hand.

The Have-A-Go mini-crick­ets (aged five-nine) con­tin­ued their de­vel­op­ment with skill-based games.

The Have-A-Gamers com­peted in a dou­ble-wicket game, while the Have-A-Go­ers con­tin­ued their im­prove­ment with a se­ries of drills and matches.

The Proser­pine Cricket Club wel­comes new play­ers, with ju­nior games played each Fri­day from 4-6pm at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

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