Bowen claims inter-town cricket championship
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.