Warwick under-10 cricketers form a guard of honour in memory of the late Phillip Hughes.
Warwick under-10 cricketers form a guard of honour in memory of the late Phillip Hughes. Kylie Doherty

Juniors remember hero Phil Hughes

THE feeling of Warwick junior cricketers on their return to the field was one of loss in the wake of the fatal injury to batsman Phillip Hughes, according to Warwick junior president Bryan Stephens.

"It was a surreal feeling, there was tremendous respect from the boys and girls towards Phillip when they did the guard of honour before all Saturday games," Mr Stephens said.

The Warwick under-10 cricketers were at Glennie Heights State School, the U12 players at Warwick East and the U15 contingent at Queens Park.

"The juniors always wear helmets, there is a new directive that fieldsmen should not be within 10 metres of the bat in the under-15 grade but our players don't field that close anyhow," he said.

"It was agreed there were no competition points or individual awards handed out at the weekend in respect for Phillip, the games were still played in the right spirit.

"You could tell the players were feeling it, some of the players were out of sorts until the games started."

None of the Warwick players had to retire at 63 as all were dismissed or retired at lower scores.

In Warwick junior cricket, players retire after 18 balls and then resume their innings if everyone else in the side is out.

Players have scored hundreds in Warwick junior cricket but no one made the weekend retirement score of 63 which was the score Phillip Hughes was on when injured last Tuesday.

This Saturday is the last week of juniors for the year. In2Cricket training at 4-5pm tomorrow at Queens Park.



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