Junior representative competition gets positive feedback
CRICKET: Gladstone's under-11 team finished a credible third in the U11 junior cricket carnival held in Biloela on the weekend.
But the most likely highlight was an incredible slips catch taken by Fraser Judd in the U11 game against Rockhampton.
BITS Cricket Club junior Fraser timed his leap to perfection to take one of the best catches seen in junior cricket.
After an unsuccessful day on Saturday, Fraser's Gladstone U11 team rallied on Sunday to win both its matches to finish third.
Rocky 1 were the winners of the U11 grand final against Central Highlands while Rocky 2 missed out in the grand final qualifier by the slimmest of margins.
Gladstone lost its first game against Rocky 1 and also went down in a close second game to Central Highlands.
However the team regrouped well beat Central Highland Yellow and then have a 10-wicket win with eight overs to spare against Rocky 2.
All the Gladstone U11 players contributed at some stage across the weekend with Hyden Rathemal, Axel Amos, Josh Neervoort, Ayden Bye and Fraser the stand-out players.
In the final game, Fraser (23not out) and Ayden, with an unbeaten 21, opened the batting and put on 53 in eight overs before retiring to set up the 91-run target after Josh Neervoort, with three and Will Barker (two) had led the way bowling for Gladstone.
The Rockhampton domination continued in the older age brackets.
The Beef Capital's U12 team beat Central Highlands in Emerald in the revised 30-over format.
Back in Gladstone, the port city's U16 side didn't feature in the decider.
The U16 grand final was won by Rockhampton's strong U15 team which beat its older U16 counterparts to remain undefeated.
Rocky's U13s team almost upstaged the Rockhampton U14 team in a tight grand final.
The winning runs were hit with just eight balls to spare by the older Rocky side.
Meanwhile the Gladstone Cricket Incorporated junior competition resumes this weekend.
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