Jumpin' Jack flashes in for a bag of wickets in championship
CRICKET: BITS Cricket Club has produced yet another player destined for the elite level.
"(I'm) in shock and really happy and excited."
This was the initial reaction and emotion BITS product Jack Shepherd felt the moment he realised he had been selected in the Queensland side that will play in the School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Championship from December 12-19 in Bunbury.
The 12-year-old took a superb 14 wickets for Capricornia at the recent Queensland Schoolboys State Cricket Championships for the 10-12 age group in Townsville.
It included four wickets and a most valuable player effort for Capricornia in its five-run loss against Metropolitan North.
Jack and Colby Rudd (from Biloela but also plays for BITS) are the only players from the Boyne-Tannum and Gladstone Region to represent Capricornia.
Jack is also the only player from this region to receive state honours.
"Yeah, I'm really happy and conditions were tough, hot and windy and they were really good batsmen," Jack said when asked how he felt.
He also managed to be on two hat-tricks against two of the better teams.
Jack said he relies on line and length, out-swing and slower balls - attributes that have made his idols Australian quicks Josh Hazelwood and Mitch Starc two of the best pace bowlers in the world.
Jack's father Peter said the club upbringing at BITS helped bring out the best in his son.
"The club culture at BITS has been fantastic under coaches Jack Ramsden and Nev Judd," he said.
"For Jack to make that Queensland team and to compete at a high level (for Capricornia) is a fantastic achievement.
"He has done his family very proud."
Capricornia coach Murray Harch said bigger things await if Jack continues his trend of improvement.
"He's got a big future and he is a good listener and takes in all advice," he said.
"He does what he is asked and he was easily the best bowler at the state championships.
"The majority of his wickets were bowled and got a couple of leg befores because he bowls full and straight."
The Capricornia team lost its first two games but won the final three games to finish mid-table.