THERE is always celebration when a Warwick team beats the best from Toowoomba and that was definitely the case on Sunday when the under-12 cricketers won an inter-town game by nine runs.

It seemed like the coolest place in town was in the large outdoor shed at Queens Park but the Warwick boys warmed the hearts of the hometown fans with a narrow victory.

The Warwick representative U12 team, which has three wins from three games, is being jointly organised by Graham Bourke and Neil Vickers this season and they share some thoughts on the game.

WHAT WAS THE CRUCIAL PERIOD IN THE GAME: Warwick was 3-71 after 25 overs and then in the next five overs, Josh Hagenbach and Jayden Munro added 53 to take their partnership to 74.

Josh hooked one ball for six, which set the crowd alight. Sixes aren't hit too often in U12s, even with the shorter boundaries.

WHO BATTED FIRST: Warwick batting first and we were in early trouble at 2-10. Tom Doherty held the innings together at the top in combination with Jayden Munro.

In U12 cricket, each team bats for 25 overs in turn with the not out batsmen at the end of 25 overs carrying on when the second part of the innings starts. Toowoomba was 4-116 after its 25 overs so the brisk batting by Josh, 32, and Jayden, 52, to wipe off the deficit was crucial. Jakob Butler batted well in the late order.

WHAT HAPPENED LATE IN THE GAME: All 12 players bat in U12 cricket and we were 10-173 at the end of 50 overs.

Toowoomba needed 58 to win off 25 overs so were favourites when they re-started. At the fall of the last wicket, Toowoomba batsman Kye Martin, who earlier retired, returned and finished 62 not out off 78 balls. Tom Doherty bowled the last batsman to secure the win.

Scott Radford bowled well to take 2-13 off his eight overs and Morgan Bourke took 3-26 off eight overs.

Bowlers are restricted to eight overs in U12 representative cricket.

Everyone chipped in and bowled well.

Josh Hagenbach took two good catches, including one to dismiss a Darling Downs representative batsman for a duck. Jayden Munro was voted the players' player and went home with the match ball.


They train at 5pm each Wednesday at Slade Park under the coaching of their parents.

In the other game, Toowoomba scored a convincing U14 win against Warwick.


See Warwick U14 team photo in Thursday edition

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