Competitive finals wrap up long, wet junior season
CRICKET: A depleted season of junior cricket will wrap up today, when under 13s and under 16s take to the pitch in their grand finals.
Forced to cancel several games at the back end of the season, Warwick Cricket Association juniors president Troy March said this year’s comp would finish earlier than usual.
“Wet weather played havoc on the season,” March said.
“We only managed to get in about 10 games; we had seven before Christmas and we’ve probably only had about three after.
“Our season finishes a bit earlier as well because other sports are starting earlier.”
Expecting competitive matches in both finals, March is interested to see the Scots v Warwick in the under-16s final.
“Scots are very competitive in the 16s,” he said. “They’ve got Kira Holmes who is a Queensland rep player.
“If Warwick can get Kira out early, it’ll go a long way to helping them win but it’ll be interesting to see.”
While in the under 13s, Thunder will play Strikers at Dunning Oval.
“If the Strikers can get Josh Fearby out early, that’ll help them,” March said.
“Overall, there should be some good games, all four sides have been really competitive.”
Despite a reduced season, March has seen significant growth across all divisions.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time at the under 13s games, but even there you can just see the kids improve,” he said.
“Some are totally capable to start, but by the end of the year, you can see a lot of development in the way they play.
“They’re usually playing with friends and having fun, which is the main thing.”
The under 16 grand final will start 9am at Briggs Oval, with the under 13 at Dunning Oval from 9am.
Awards will be presented around noon.