Queensland under 17 wicket-keeper, Hervey Bay’s Beth Mooney, and her state coach, who is also from Hervey Bay, Andy Richards. Queensland finished second in the national championships in Brisbane this week.
Queensland under 17 wicket-keeper, Hervey Bay’s Beth Mooney, and her state coach, who is also from Hervey Bay, Andy Richards. Queensland finished second in the national championships in Brisbane this week. DANIEL TWEED

Mooney's dream stumped by NSW

IT WAS Beth Mooney’s 16th birthday yesterday – New South Wales cricketers didn’t come to the party though.

New South Wales beat Hervey Bay’s Mooney and her Queensland team-mates in the final of the Australian under 17 girls Cricket Championships in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Queensland was all-out for a disappointing 83 in reply to the eight for 193 New South Wales scored in the one-day clash.

Mooney, a wicket-keeper and vice-captain of the Queensland team, took a catch and scored three runs in the loss to their bitter rivals.

It wasn’t the result Queensland had hoped for given the form they had shown in the week-long carnival.

The Queensland team, which was coached by Queensland Cricket Regional Cricket Manager for Wide Bay, Hervey Bay’s Andy Richards, had won every game it played before the final, including one against New South Wales.

Mooney said the loss hadn’t been the best of ways to prepare to celebrate her birthday.

“You could say that we saved our worst performance until last,” Mooney, a rookie in the state women’s squad, the Queensland Fire, said.

“It wasn’t a good feeling losing like that.”

Despite the loss, Mooney said there was a positive for the Queensland team to come away with.

“We finished third in the championships last year, so you could say that we are improving – not that losing in the final makes it feel like it,” she said.

“Especially when it’s against New South Wales.”

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Mooney.

She was named in the Australian under-18 women’s squad again.

The squad will go into camp in Brisbane next week for four days at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence, something Mooney said she was looking forward to.

As for the Queensland coach, Andy Richards said Mooney had again performed well during the championships.

“Her glove work was exceptional throughout,” Richards said.

“She backed up that good work with some strong batting performances.”



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