Beth a big hit at national champs
CRICKET: Nathan Hauritz is not the only Hervey Bay cricketer to find himself amongst the wickets of late – or so it seems.
While Hauritz was turning on the style taking five wickets and bowling Australia to victory in the second Test against Pakistan at the SCG, Beth Mooney was starring with her wicket keeping gloves and bat for Queensland in Brisbane.
Ironically, the 15-year-old Mooney was a big hit for the state during the Australian under 17 girls national championship showdown against the state Hauritz now calls home – New South Wales.
Mooney showed why she is one of the rookies in the state women’s squad, the Queensland Fire, for this season, by playing a leading role in five dismissals in Queensland’s two-wicket win over their arch rivals.
NSW batted first in the one-day game and scored nine for 124 off their 45 overs, a score Mooney certainly helped restrict them to after she took three stumpings and gloved two catches.
In reply, Queensland were struggling at four for 17 before Mooney, who plays for the Cavaliers A-grade men’s team in the Fraser Coast Cricket competition whenever time and commitments allow, came to the rescue.
She combined with Rockhampton’s Jessica Jonassen for a fifth-wicket partnership of 90, Mooney scored 33 of them.
Mooney and her team-mates have since beaten South Australia, a game in which Mooney took another couple of catches, but even Mooney couldn’t help Queensland beat Mother Nature in game three.
The clash with Tasmania was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain.
One man who knows just how well Mooney, a member of the Australian under-18 women’s squad, is performing in the championships is the Queensland Cricket Regional Cricket Manager for Wide Bay, Hervey Bay’s Andy Richards.
He’s the coach of Mooney’s team and he was full of praise for her.
“Beth has performed really well both behind the stumps and with her bat to-date,” Richards said yesterday.
“She has held some great catches and made some quality stumpings – she really has showed why I reckon she’s without doubt the best wicket-keeper in her age group in Australia.”