Warwick cricketers (front, from left) Joe Gordon, Mitchell Hay, Jacob Gross, Luke Radford, (back) Lily Maw, Tom Bourke, Mitchell Bourke, Cahal Davis and Will Gordon are some of the Warwick contingent in Darling Downs and South West Queensland teams.
Warwick cricketers (front, from left) Joe Gordon, Mitchell Hay, Jacob Gross, Luke Radford, (back) Lily Maw, Tom Bourke, Mitchell Bourke, Cahal Davis and Will Gordon are some of the Warwick contingent in Darling Downs and South West Queensland teams. Michael Cormack

Next generation of stars take to pitch

WHILE Mark Steketee and Delissa Kimmince play in state cricket, the next group of aspiring state players are quietly improving their games.

This season, 11 players from the Warwick Cricket Association and two officials have been selected in Darling Downs and South West teams.

Five have represented South Queensland in Queensland Country trials and Wheatvale all rounder Carly Cooper will play for Queensland early next year in U18 girls' cricket.

The Southern Downs representation is even greater at regional level with Spring Creek brothers Nick and Dan Brown, who play for Pittsworth, both in regional teams.

Warwick player Will Gordon and paceman Nick Brown both played for the Darling Downs Schoolboys U15 side which won the state carnival last week on the Sunshine Coast.

Will was an opening batsman and had two scores in the 20s and three in the teens.

Brown bowled well and is playing this week in Mackay in the U14 regional team along with Mitch Bourke, Cahal Davis and Joe Gordon. Mitch Siebenhausen and Matt Elford are coach and manager of the U14 team.

Pat Gordon is playing for the regional U12 team this week in Toowoomba along with Dan Brown. Jacob Gross is playing U13 cricket in Cairns this week.

Lily Maw played for Darling Downs U15 schoolgirls in the state championships in Gympie where she had a best of three wickets in a game and 15 with the bat. Sarah Flynn from Clifton captained the regional team into third.

Jordan Siebenausen was top score with 97 at the South Queensland U19 trials in Ipswich to make the South Queensland team which played in Mackay.

John Cleary, Elford, Carter Bilbrough and Pat Bourke also played for South Queensland.

In January, Luke Radford, Caleb King, Mitchell Hay (all U14) and Tom Bourke, Will Gordon (both U15) will play in Darling Downs teams at development carnivals.

Warwick junior cricket president Bryan Stephens said the future of Warwick cricket was looking good with so many players in the representative teams.

"There are more players on the fringe close to selection," Stephens said.

Line up

WCA Downs/Sth Qld players

U12: Pat Gordon (carnival in Toowoomba)

U13: Jacob Gross (Cairns)

U14: Mitch Bourke, Cahal Davis, Joe Gordon (Mackay)

U14 development: Luke Radford, Caleb King, Mitch Hay (Sunshine Coast)

U15 schoolboys: Will Gordon (Sunshine Coast)

U15 development: Tom Bourke, Will Gordon (Bundaberg)

U15: Lily Maw (Gympie)

U17: Carter Bilbrough, Pat Bourke (Maryborough)

U18: Carly Cooper (Qld team)

U19: Jordan Siebenhausen (South Qld, Mackay)

Open: Matt Elford, John Cleary (South Qld, Mackay)

WCA Downs officials

U14: Coach Mitch Siebenhausen, manager Matt Elford (Mackay)



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