Juniors battle for cricket sixes title

The Cleveland-Thornlands Cricket Club recently hosted its 20th six-a-side carnival for under 12 and under 13 players.

New to the carnival this year were the Everton Comets in the under 12s, while in the under 13s an all girls team from Toowoomba participated for the first time.

The difference between this format and the 11-a-side game is quite marked and it takes teams a little time to adjust.

Bowlers quickly become aware that line and length are more important than wicket taking, while batters try to modify their approach to use the ‘maxi zone’.

Each team plays four preliminary rounds and accumulates points for wins or draws. After the completion of the preliminary rounds, the leading four teams play semi-finals, with the winners going on to meet in a final.

In the under 12s semi-finals, Glyn’s Gladiators proved too strong for the Kuraby Knights while the Ferny Firestorm edged out newcomers the Everton Comets.

The final went down to the wire. Batting first, Gladiators scored 39. In reply, after four overs, the Firestorm had scored 28. At the same stage, Gladiators had scored 30 so Firestorm were certainly in with a chance. However, Gladiators had wisely left their best bowler to last and his tight bowling restricted the Firestorm to just four runs in the final over, giving victory to Gladiators by seven runs.

In the under 13 semi-finals, the powerful Toowoomba West team beat local club Sharks.

In the other semi-final, host club the Cleveland-Thornlands Cougars played Merv’s Marvels in a high scoring match.

First at the crease, Marvels made 88 from their five overs, 57 of these coming off the first and last overs. Cougars made a supercharged response, racing to 70 by the end of the fourth over. However, a tight last over restricted Cougars to just eight runs, leaving them 10 short of victory.

In the final, Marvels batted first, amassing 41 runs by the end of over four. Disappointingly, they could only manage one run in the last over, finishing with a total of 42. This poor last over was to haunt them as they held Toowoomba to a score of 40 at the end of four overs but, unlike Marvels, Toowoomba were able to score the three runs needed to win in that final over.

Toowoomba made it two in a row, after winning in 2014 as under 12s.

The Cleveland-Thornlands Club would like to thank its generous sponsors, including the Redland City Bulletin, whose continued support for our carnivals is most valued.

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