cricketers excel at State champs
FOUR Whitsunday junior cricketers were part of the 2010 Queensland Junior State Championships held across the State last week.
Lloyd Clode-Roberts, Jonty Hinschen, Darcy Camm and Francis Appleton represented Mackay-Whitsundays in five gruelling days of cricket from December 13-17.
Jonty Hinschen proved to be the star of them all, finishing as the highest wicket-taker for the State in the under-13 division.
He finished with 14 wickets for the championships and with figures of 5/29 and 4/19.
Jonty said he was amazed with his own bowling.
“It felt great,” he said.
“I'm so proud of my bowling.
“I just had confidence in myself and that was the difference.”
Eleven-year-old Lloyd was part of the under 12 Mackay-Whitsunday team and was named man of the match in his teams first match against Brisbane North (maroon). Finishing with 2/8 off eight overs, the fast left arm paceman said he was happy with his performance.
Lloyd was the opening bowler for his side and in the very first ball of the match, he saw the off-stump flying through the air.
“That was pretty special,” he said.
“I was just so surprised and happy at the same time. “I didn't expect to see it.” Being his first year in a representative team, Lloyd said he gained a lot from his experiences at the State champs. “I've learnt heaps about batting, bowling and fielding and battling pressure.” Following their success at the championships, Whitsunday junior cricketers are now waiting to see whether or not they have been selected in the State's Emerging Players squad.
“I really want to make the emerging players but I won't get my hopes up just yet,” Jonty said.