Tweed's junior cricketers rule
IT took six Tweed junior cricketers to help the South-East Queensland under-14s bring home the state championship.
Mitchell Dempsey, Sam Judd, Tom Byrnes, Jesse Harrington, Trent Arnold and Jakob Hughes made the journey north to Mackay to play at the highest level for their age, the Queensland Intra-State Under-14 Cricket Championships.
The carnival drew 12 teams from every district of Queensland for five days of top junior cricket.
But it didn’t all go the Tweed boys’ way. The SEQ team had to come back from a disappointing loss to the Gold Coast on the first day.
SEQ coach Trevor Patch, who is also the Tweed District Junior cricket president, said he had spoken to his young team about line and length and maintaining pressure on an opponent following the initial loss. They had learned from their mistakes to comprehensively win the next four games.
The team amassed enough runs and wickets to take the tournament on bonus points – 0.9 points ahead of the Gold Coast.
“It is excellent, especially considering we were beaten by the Gold Coast on the first day by 29 runs. The boys came back really well for the games after that,” Patch said.
The Tweed boys deserved to be proud of themselves.
“I take my hat off to them, they played great cricket and were well-behaved and good to take away.
“I coach Terranora and have seen them play as juniors all the way through. So to see them get to play for South-East Queensland and win the champs at the highest level is excellent,” Patch said.
All-rounder Tom Byrnes impressed, scoring a half century and taking eight wickets for the carnival.
Opening batsman Jesse Harrington set up victory for his side in the must-win final game against Sunshine Coast.
Sam Judd saved his best game for last, blasting the Sunshine Coast bowling for 43 off 40 balls, then bowled a tidy five overs to earn man of the match.
Jakob Hughes bowled with a solid line-and-length and outstanding economy, and Trent Arnold struck fear into opposition batsmen with his Jeff Thomson-style sling deliveries.
Mitchell Dempsey showed great skills in the field and got a couple of starts with the bat.
SEQ took 53 wickets of the 55 available, and scored 1120 runs.