Warwick and Clifton players are stars at nationals
CRICKET: Carly Cooper has finished the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Wollongong with four successive 20s.
While scores are traditionally higher in 50-over cricket, regular 20s are good going in T20 cricket.
Cooper, who plays club games for Wheatvale, opened the batting yesterday in the play-off for fifth against Northern Territory and scored 25 off 28 balls in a win. Eliza Flynn, from Clifton, only bowled one over but finished the championships among the top five bowlers.
On Tuesday, Cooper top scored with 29 off 29 balls in the Queensland loss to East Asia Pacific.
Batting first, Queensland made 9-81 with Cooper top scoring after opening. Cooper then took a catch as East Asia Pacific scored 2-82 to win.
In a round 6 game against South Australia, Cooper hit 25 off 27 balls and Flynn 16 off 26 balls in the Queensland win.
Flynn took her wicket tally to 13 in round 5 with 4-28 in a loss to Victoria. Cooper started her good batting form in this game to be second top score with 26 off 26 balls.
At the end of the carnival, Cooper said the nationals were a really strong competition with most games going down to the final over.
"Eliza bowled stump and stump and is up there with the best chances to make the team of the carnival,” Cooper said.
The best performance by Flynn with the ball was 6-4.
The trip to Wollongong is the second interstate for Cooper in the past four months as she represented Queensland in Under-21 polocrosse in Western Australia. While it won't happen this year, Cooper wants to field an all-girls' team in the Warwick carnival one day.