Cricketers do region proud at Queensland champs
CRICKET: Six Southern Downs players and officials were part of the Darling Downs and South-west under-14 cricket team which came fourth in the state championships in Mackay.
Twelve teams played in the carnival, which was played on turf wickets.
Downs played on the main oval last Wednesday which Mackay officials have nominated for a Test match between Australia and Bangladesh.
Downs had three run-outs on the first morning which contributed to a loss by three runs to Brisbane Bears and cost them a higher finish.
They then won their next four matches against South-east Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Far North Queensland.
Spring Creek-based player Nick Brown scored 55 on day five, his second half-century of the carnival.
Sam Morris, formerly from Allora but now at Vale View near Toowoomba, also scored two half-centuries.
The Warwick Cricket Association trio in the team all played well.
Cahal Davis took five wickets, Joe Gordon saw off the new ball without making a large score in four of the five games.
Mitch Bourke had a best of 35 with the bat in the carnival.
In the U13 carnival at Cairns, Warwick player Jacob Gross was part of the Downs team which came second in the carnival.
Downs won their five games and finished second behind Brisbane North which scored more incentive points.
Jacob won man of the match, scoring 42 not out in a victory against South-east Queensland.
In the U12 championships in Toowoomba, Pat Gordon and Dan Brown from the Southern Downs were part of the regional team which won four of their five games to finish third.
Pat had a best of 65 and kept wickets while Dan hit 108 runs in five bats and took seven wickets.