Cricketers learn lessons at champs
FIVE junior Whitsunday cricketers took away valuable lessons from the Queensland Junior Cricket Championships held last week.
Lochlon Bland (under-12s), Lloyd Clode-Roberts (U13s), Jonty Hinschen (U14s), Darcy Camm (U15s) and Francis Appleton (U16s) each represented the region in their respective Mackay-Whitsunday sides at different locations around the state.
While some excelled with the bat, others excelled with the ball in hand. Regardless of their teams overall performance, each player walked away with valuable lessons under their belt.
Jonty Hinschen was based in Mackay and had a couple of days to remember with the bat.
He scored 39 runs against South East Queensland and 30 against Central Queensland with a six the highlight of his champs.
"I think I played well but on some days I could've done better," Jonty said.
"The six, that felt really good. It boosted my confidence up a bit."
Francis Appleton made an amazing start to his campaign before he was forced out of the last two games with illness.
Francis top-scored for the U16 Mackay-Whitsundays team with 42 runs against the Gold Coast on day one. He backed this up with a magnificent 5/19 off six overs and 32 runs against Brisbane North.
Team manager Shawn Frerichs said Francis was a stand-out in the opening two days.
"He was going very well," he said.
"He was holding his own.
"It was a bit of shame he got sick."
Lloyd Clode-Roberts had a couple of highlights in his matches on the Gold Coast.
The first came against CQ when he ended with figures of 2/17 off four overs.
He backed this up with a well-earned 13 runs that got his side over the line against South East Queensland after the top order failed to score many runs.
U15s player Darcy Camm did his best at state as his team struggled to win crucial battles within their hard-fought matches.
His best score with the bat was when he scored 17 runs with his best bowling performance coming against SEQ.
Coach Peter McGiffin said while his scores may not be mind-blowing, Darcy was an important member of his side.
"He's got loads of ability," he said.
"He's quite a reliable medium pace bowler for us.
"It just goes to show he's got some talent."
Lochlon Bland competed in his first ever championships and his highlight was a knock of 17 not out against CQ.
U12s manager Greg Landrigan said Lochlon played really well and would take a lot out of the meet in years to come.
All five players will now enjoy some time off over the festive season before hitting the nets again in the New Year.