ON THE WICKET: Previous junior cricketers (pictured) in Friday afternoon action.
ON THE WICKET: Previous junior cricketers (pictured) in Friday afternoon action. Rhianna Bull

'Whitsunday Ashes' around the corner

CRICKET: Local junior cricket continued last Friday afternoon with all four grades competing at the Kelsey Creek fields with Twenty20 games for the Under-15's, Under-12's, Under-10's and the Have A Go cricketers.

The U12's formed two teams for their Twenty20 clash, with the Reds challenging the Blues.

The Proserpine Reds made first use of the wicket. The Reds' top order batsmen struggled against the Proserpine Blues' bowling attack, losing three quick wickets for 10 runs. The middle order for the Reds started to accumulate runs with Iaden Fredericksen (16) marshalling some resistance and being well supported by Jackson Barnes and Ted Watson. At the conclusion of the Reds' innings, the total rested on 47 runs. The best of the Blues' bowlers were Dean Lucht and Oscar Doland, both taking wickets.

What began as a simple run chase, became a grind with the Blues losing three wickets for eight runs. Lachlan Edmondson (17 retired) teamed up with Darcy Milne (8) and Callum Edmondson (6) to get the team close. In the last over, the Blues were on 44 runs, needing four runs to win. The runs were difficult to find and both teams were locked up on 47 runs with one ball to be bowled. Despite some last ball scrambling, and some panic amongst the fielders, no runs were made from the last ball, making the game a tie. The wicket takers for the Reds were Jackson Barnes, Daniel Spurway and Iaden Fredericksen.

The U10's formed their two teams for their one-day competition. The Power Hitters faced off against The Blasters. The Blasters batted first and made 48 from their 15 overs. The leading run scorers for the Blasters were Aiden Russell (15), Donny Pettiford (12) and Jacob Williams (7). The Hitters' line-up started slow with runs being difficult to make. After the completion of their allocated 15 overs, the Hitters landed well short on 31 runs. The highest run scorers for The Power Hitters were Angus Hardy-Young (7), Tristan Porter (6) and Damien Porter (6).

The mini-cricketers were well represented with the Have A Go (5-7 years) and Have A Game (8-9 years) cricketers going through some training drills, then playing modified games.

The team selection process is well under way for the first of the season's inter-town challenge matches against Bowen. On Sunday, November 6, Bowen will take three sides to Proserpine to challenge for the "Whitsunday Ashes”. Players are reminded to let coaching staff know of their availability for the inter-town game against Bowen.

New players are always welcome at Kelsey Creek every Friday.


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