CRICKET Nth Qld U21 championships: Mackay-Whitsunday's Jack Dwyer bowls
CRICKET Nth Qld U21 championships: Mackay-Whitsunday's Jack Dwyer bowls

Bowler’s ‘breakout’ bowling performance on 17th birthday

FOR his 17th birthday, Jack Dwyer's gift to himself was a match-winning five-fa against the previously unbeaten DBCT Poole Cup ladder-leaders.

The Brothers pace ace, who travels from Proserpine each weekend to play, claimed the key wicket of Walkerston opener Jakob Frerichs in his first over, before returning for a scintillating second spell and running roughshod through the lower order.

Dwyer finished with 5/31 from eight overs, including a near-perfect wicket maiden in the final over, blemished only by a first-ball wide.

His breakthrough bowling masterclass was the catalyst for a brilliant Brothers victory, lifting his side into outright top spot with one round to play before Christmas.

Brothers skipper Matthew Wicks has long been an advocate for Dwyer's bowling potential.

The youngster started making waves at the club last season and has gone from strength to strength this season.

"To be honest it was no different to what he gives us every other week," Wicks said.

"It was just one of those days where luck is on your side.

"He puts out quality every week and it was good he got the rewards for it."

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Brothers batsman Michael Comerford said the early wicket of Frerichs, one of the competition's best bats, was a key turning point early in the contest.

"He got Frerichs in his first over which was a pretty big scalp. Then his second spell was really controlled," Comerford said.

"He and Wicksy came up with a plan together and Jack was able to execute. Four of his five wickets came in that second spell which is what allowed us to really tighten up (on Walkerston)."

Comerford said the team had joked Dwyer's "breakout game" was on the cards when he arrived at the ground on Sunday celebrating his 17th.

"We were joking before the game about things going his way for his birthday. It's great for him that it did," he said.

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