HITTING OUT: Biloela cricket played host to the Central Queensland under-11 representative carnival.
HITTING OUT: Biloela cricket played host to the Central Queensland under-11 representative carnival. Contributed

Young cricketers star in weekend tournament bonanaza

CRICKET: Biloela Junior Cricket played host to the Central Queensland under-11 representative carnival last weekend.

Six teams were involved from Biloela, Central Highlands Yellow, Central Highlands Maroon, Rockhampton 1, Rockhampton 2 and Gladstone.

The game format was a 24 over match with all players to bowl and all players to bat and coach nominated retirement for performing batsmen to allow player rotation through the games.

Cricketers took to the pitch at various playing fields in Biloela and, for these up and coming juniors, it could have been the Gabba, MCG, SCG or even Lords with the way they applied themselves.

With front foot forward defence, playing a cover drive or running their fingers over the seam to bowl an off cutter to the batsman, the youngsters played their own version of the upcoming limited overs World Cup.

Biloela Junior Cricket club president Darren Hebbard said the standard of play by the juniors over the weekend was exceptional.

"Matches were played in hot conditions but all attending players were bursting with enthusiasm and the sportsmanship was excellent amongst the teams,” Hebbard said.

The finals were played on Sunday after three qualifying matches with Rockhampton 1 - 4/138 -defeating Central Highlands Yellow - 2/88 - in the final.

Gladstone ran third defeating Rockhampton 2 who were bowled out for 90.

Gladstone barnstormed home getting the required runs and losing no wickets in the run chase.

In the play off for fifth and sixth position, Central Highland Maroon 5/159 defeated Biloela 8/154.

"It was a great learning curve for all the players,” Hebbard said.

"Some very talented youngsters are emerging on the Central Queensland cricket field.”