Skipper: Gladstone State High’s Josh Hall captained the under-19 Capricornia side at the Secondary School Championships.
Skipper: Gladstone State High’s Josh Hall captained the under-19 Capricornia side at the Secondary School Championships.

No win for Capricornia rep side

THE under-19 Capricornia representative cricket side battled hard for three days at the Secondary Schools State Championships in Mackay, but were unable to post a win on tricky wickets against tough Queensland competition.

“The side didn’t perform to their potential,” coach Michael Small said. “We played some very good quality players and unfortunately our boys didn’t really live up to the expectations they placed on themselves and we were a bit disappointed in some individual performances in their inconsistency.

“Having said that, we had a very young side – six players are eligible to play again next year as well so they’ll be better for that trip.”

The side, skippered by Gladstone State High’s Josh Hall, came up against Darling Downs on Sunday, where they were left to rue missed opportunities.

“They were a very good bowling side; we sent them in to bat first and dropped a guy very early in his innings and he went on to make 121, so he made us pay,” Small said.

Despite being knocked over for 129, the team’s second match against South Coast was a much tighter affair, with the Cap side losing by a mere two wickets.

Hall took three crucial wickets which gave the side a sniff of victory but the damage done by the South Coast bowlers could not be repaired.

“They had some very experienced and very quick bowlers, some of the quickest I’ve seen in an under 19 carnival for quite some time,” Small said.

In their final game against Met East, the Cap side was bundled out for 114 on a rain-affected pitch and wasn’t able to muster an escape against the eventual champions.

Next year’s carnival will be held in Cairns where Small hopes his side can achieve a better result.



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