Williams tips fine cricket future
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
GLADSTONE under-21 captain Dan Williams has forecast a bright future after his team's victory in Sunday's Central Queensland Cricket Championships final in Rockhampton.
As reported in yesterday's The Observer, Gladstone produced a fine all-round performance to win the decider by five wickets.
Williams attributed the win to his team's fighting spirit, a characteristic they displayed right throughout the competition.
'For the first 30 overs with the ball we were a bit unlucky and kept beating the outside edge, but we persevered and the luck went our way,' Williams said.
'The way we stuck at it and all the boys pulled their weight really typified our season.'
The return of experienced duo Lucas Hall and Liam Kirk from the open team proved invaluable with both having an impact on Sunday.
'To have both Hally and Kirky back in the team was great, they really boosted the middle order up for us,'' he said.
'And Hally was great with both the bat and ball, he was easily man of the match.'
Williams also paid tribute to openers Brett Rogers and Kelly Searston, saying the pair's regular contributions at the top were a highlight of the winning campaign.
'Bretto (Rogers) was our most consistent batsman all the way through and he again did the job in the final,' he said.
'His partnership with Kelly (Searston) helped us in every game, they were great.'
And the title-winning skipper believes Gladstone are well-placed to win back-to-back titles, with the majority of the squad eligible for next season.
'I know most of the boys will be back next year, so there isn't any reason why they can't win it again,' he said.