Sun shines on ju­nior crick­eters

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET

THE rel­a­tively dry wet sea­son has been a bless­ing for the re­gion’s ju­nior crick­eters.

In past year the wet sea­son has hin­dered the prospect of cricket af­ter Christ­mas, much to the dis­ap­point­ment of up and com­ing crick­eters.

How­ever the weather gods con­tinue to smile on cricket fans, with regular play a pos­si­bil­ity this sum­mer.

Last Fri­day the un­der-15 Cy­clones and Taipans matched-up for twenty20 brag­ging rights.

The Cy­clones opened with Jay­den Lane (30) and An­drew Skaife (13), putting to­gether a strong part­ner­ship be­fore Har­ri­son Sherrington and Cooper Lane found rhythm.

The lower-or­der of Blake Hardy-Young (12) and Zac May­nard (7) chimed in with late runs, en­abling Cy­clones to post 89.

In re­ply Har­ri­son Sherrington (8) and Mat Hansen (28) made a brisk start.

The mid­dle-or­der con­tin­ued the good start through Howard McDon­ald (29), Noel Waipape (8) and Jack Dwyer (6), al­low­ing Taipans to post an im­pe­ri­ous 114.

Field two saw Proser­pine Red and Blue in ac­tion for an un­der-12’s match.

Bat­ting first, the Blues were led in their 20 overs by Mat Wat­son (14), Greg Chap­man (13), Nick Hansen (12) and Lui Archer (11).

Ul­ti­mately the Reds were able to keep Blues to 68, with Will Ber­nett, Jack Wat­son and Cal­lum Ed­mond­son each claim­ing wickets.

In re­ply the Reds had just 26 on the board af­ter 10 overs; how­ever the tail wagged through Jack Pini (16) and Will Ber­nett (16). Jack Wat­son (27) also chipped in late as the Reds passed the Blues to fin­ish with 91.

The Have a Go mini­crick­eters con­tin­ued their dou­ble-wicket com­pe­ti­tions, which en­ables the young­sters to ap­ply some of the skills they have been learn­ing over the sum­mer.

This week­end Proser­pine teams will head to Bowen for the fi­nal in­ter-town matches of the sea­son. Regular Fri­day af­ter­noon ses­sions will be held at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds from 4-6pm.

BIG HIT: Blake Hardy-Young sends one to­wards the bound­ary at ju­nior cricket on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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