Bowen claims in­ter-town cricket cham­pi­onship

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


THE HIGH-STAKES fi­nal in­ter-town round of cricket saw four Proser­pine teams travel north to take on their Bowen ri­vals on Sun­day

In the U15 game, Bowen won the toss, elect­ing to bat, and Proser­pine bowlers claimed three early scalps, leav­ing the home side reel­ing at 3/25 af­ter 11 overs.

Mat Shoebridge and Mat Hansen bowled well for Proser­pine, claim­ing the early wickets.

Bowen’s mid­dle or­der com­menced a re­vival with Max Cock­rem (22), Jack Smith (18) and Jay­den Ab­bot (14) help­ing them to 129 runs from 32 overs.

Bowen’s mid­dle and lower or­der was cleaned up by Howard McDon­ald (3 for 13), Noel Waipape (1 for 10) and Re­gan Knight (1 for 17).

Proser­pine faced well-drilled open­ing bowl­ing with Mat Jenk­ins and Mor­gan Chra­nouski fir­ing red bul­lets from both ends.

The 8-over open­ing spell for Bowen re­duced Proser­pine to 6/11, shock­ing the south­ern­ers and crowd.

When McDon­ald joined Waipape at the crease for the 7th wicket, the pair was able to boost the score along. When Waipape fell, the pair had put on 39 runs, mov­ing the to­tal to 50.

But the dam­age was done, and the lower or­der was un­able to rally, ren­der­ing the team with 55 runs.

The mas­sive victory was handed to the Bowen U15 side.

In the U12 match-up Proser­pine bat­ted first, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 141 runs from their 35 overs.

Their top scor­ers were Jack Dwyer (44), Har­ri­son Sherrington (26) and Cooper Lane (9).

Bowen’s main wicket-tak­ers were Josh Tully (3 for 13 runs), Josh Mon­sour (1 for 13) and John Jurgens (1 for 6).

The Bowen top or­der then came out and mon­stered the Proser­pine bowl­ing attack.

Jon Barnes (68) and Luke Mil­li­gan (38) plun­dered Proser­pine on their way to a cen­tury stand for the sec­ond wicket.

Other con­trib­u­tors for the north­ern­ers were Josh Tully (16) and John Jurgens (14).

Bowen com­pleted their 35 overs, push­ing their to­tal to 209 runs to claim victory.

Proser­pine’s main wicket-tak­ers were Keira Smith (2 for 23), Greg Chap­man (2 for 24) and Jack Pini (2 for 26).

The U11 teams com­bined their num­bers in a mixed game with each side – the Proser­pine Great Whites and the Bowen Hawk­ers – al­lo­cated 30 overs.

The Great Whites bat­ted first mak­ing 69 runs from their 30 overs. Their lead­ing run-scor­ers were Drayer Smith (9), Matthew Spills­bury (7) and Lach­lan Ed­mon­son (5).

In re­turn, the Hawk­ers made steady progress to­wards their to­tal with victory oc­cur­ring in the last over.

With sun­dries scor­ing well, the other con­tri­bu­tions came from Alec Hardy (6) and Wil­liam Mil­li­gan (3).

The fi­nal game was be­tween the Bowen and Proser­pine U10s. Each player was al­lo­cated 15 balls, equat­ing to 20 overs a side.

Bowen bat­ted first putting on 59 runs. The pick of the Proser­pine bowlers was Max Wat­son with a hat-trick from con­sec­u­tive balls.

In re­ply, the Proser­pine team opened well with Jack Wat­son and Ko­han Mau scor­ing well.

The Proser­pine team eclipsed the Bowen tar­get and cruised to a well-made 90 runs with Jack Wat­son top-scor­ing with 18 runs.

There were 10 in­ter-town games across the age groups for the 2014-15 cricket sea­son. Bowen were vic­to­ri­ous in 7 of the 10 in­ter-town games, hand­ing the north­ern­ers the man­tle of Whit­sun­day in­ter-town ju­nior cham­pi­ons.

BIG HIT­TER: Louie Archer keeps his eyes on the prize as he lets one fly dur­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon cricket at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

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