Gladstone and BITS players tune up
CRICKET: Several Gladstone and BITS players have found form at the right team ahead of the Queensland Junior Championships held in different venues in the state.
The championships, in which Central Queensland will field under-15, U14, U13 and U12 teams, starts on Monday, December 11 through to December 15.
All the teams played a T20 and a 50-over practice match against Mackay in Mackay on the weekend.
CQ U13 coach Craig Allan said his team showed great signs both trial matches.
"They have done really well and got a new-look team and it was just a matter of bonding together," Allan said.
The U13 side include Gladstone/BITS players Lachlan Allan, Bryce Walker, Cody Silsby, Tom Vagg and Hayden Knight.
"We won the T20 match on the Saturday and it was the lower batsmen who got the winning runs," Allan said.
The side lost the longer version of the game by 19 runs on Sunday, but the coach liked what he saw.
"Bryce batted extremely well and he retired with an unbeaten 28 while Lachlan bowled eight overs and took two wickets and bowled four maidens," Allan said.
"That was the aim to bat all of the innings and to mentally apply themselves with the bat.
"We were teaching the kids to play rep-style cricket."
The CQ U12 side lost both games and team volunteer Jack Ramsden, whose son Kori is captain of the team, said CQ had chances to win against Mackay.
The CQ side include Gladstone/BITS players Will Raffin, Lachlan Whembridge and Jack Shepherd.
Luke Sanderson is from Biloela who commits himself to represent the CQ U12 team.
"Will scored 20 off 20 balls in the 50-over game and Kori made 30 as well," Ramsden said.
"Jack bowled well both days and he is fast for his age and he also took the first wicket with his first ball.
"Jack swings the ball away from the bat."
Games can be followed on the Queensland Cricket State Championships MyCricket site.
U15: Sunshine Coast
U14: Sunshine Coast
U13: Gold Coast