Young cricketers meet idols

CENTRAL Queensland girls had the opportunity to play Twenty20 cricket with some of their idols yesterday at Clinton Park.

Queensland Fire player Courtney Hill led team one, which bowled first, while Gladstone cricketer Sam Taylor captained team two, her outfit making 151 from their 20 overs.

Hill said the young girls in her side were quick to take on board any cricketing tips and use them, and they weren’t intimidated by their older opponents.

“You ask the little ones who wants to open the batting and they all put their hands up; they just want to have a crack,” Hill said.

“They’ve got some confidence, bowling against the bigger girls and taking wickets. You can see it in their eyes they’re excited.”

The match gave Hill the chance to see some of her pupils in action, as she coaches the Capricornia primary school girl’s team.

“This was the main training session for us together, and this is the best training they can get,” Hill said.

The cricket state championship for girls is played at the end of October.

Gladstone girls cricket co-ordinator Tracey Slatter said the day was intended to promote girls cricket and to give girls from Gladstone, Mackay, Emerald, Clermont and Rockhampton a chance to get together.

“It gives us a chance to gather numbers of girls wanting to play cricket in CQ and gives club members an opportunity to play with some high level cricketers,” Tracey said.

“We hold these fun days a couple of times a year to encourage more girls to get involved,” she said.

“Gladstone Cricket have been great at giving us funding and help.”



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