Rivals take junior cricket shield



IT MAY be better late than never, but the story unfortunately wasn't great for Gladstone's ju- nior cricketers who lost The Ob-server Shield to fierce rivals Rockhampton in late February.

Gladstone won two of the five matches (under-13 and under-15) played out, with the narrow four- run loss in the under-12 match pivotal to the final result.

In the under-13 clash at Kalka Shades, Patrick Hides top-scored with 42, while Josh Hall (28) and Luke Marsh (24) played support- ing roles as Gladstone scored 4-168 from their 50 overs.

Mitchell Inwood (3-26), Daniel McKay (2-11) and Jon Rideout (2- 15) were the destroyers as Rock- hampton were bowled out for 136 in reply.

The win gave the Gladstone boys the CQ title, having lost just one game for the rep season. Unfortunately details were not available from the under-15 clash, where Gladstone scored an im- pressive victory.

A heartbreaking loss was the story for the under-12s after scor-ing a competitive 165 batting first.

Left-hander Sam Lowry topscored for Gladstone with 32 not out, while David Heymer chipped in a valuable 20. In an exciting finish, Rockhampton got the runs in the final over.

Corey Hilder (2-11) was Gladstone's best bowler. A dropped catch proved costly as Gladstone were well-beaten in the under-14 clash.

Rockhampton batsman Michael Simmers was dropped on three and went on to score 126 from 109 balls as his team finished on 9-213.

Elise Hackett, Luke Woof and Cameron Nicholls each took two wickets for Gladstone who were bowled out for just 85 in reply.

Skipper Woof was the only batsman to get past 10, top-scoring with 32.

Meanwhile, Gladstone came up 32 runs short in an entertaining under-16 match-up after Rockhampton scored 224 batting first. Opening bowlers Rowan Mur-ray (3-21) and Tom McGuire (3-40) shared the bowling honours, while Glen Stanton-Cook took two wickets.

Newcomer Sam Pitt made an immediate impression, top-scor-ing with 48 in Gladstone's chase of 192.

Other batsmen to contribute to the total were Murray (30), Glen Stanton-Cook (27) and Lachlan Medcalf (19).



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