Hervey Bay High’s Max McLean ready to smash the next delivery.
Hervey Bay High’s Max McLean ready to smash the next delivery.

Welsh enjoy stay in Hervey Bay

YESTERDAY’S rain may have reduced the intended one day match to a game of Twenty20 – but the team of visiting Welsh cricket players certainly weren’t complaining, thoroughly enjoying their match against a combined Hervey Bay side.

The young side, from the Neath Port Talbot College Cricket Academy, is currently in Australia on tour and stopped off in Hervey Bay after visiting Adelaide and Brisbane.

Yesterday’s weather wasn’t kind to them – and neither was the combined Hervey Bay cricket team.

The Hervey Bay side, made up of talented players from Urangan State High School, Xavier Catholic College and Hervey Bay High School, defeated the visitors by 28 runs.

The Hervey Bay team scored 126 runs off their 20 overs.

The Welsh side scored 98 runs off their 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets.

Max McLean scored 18 runs for the Hervey Bay side while James Stringer scored 24 runs.

Jack Seven also chipped in with a handy 18 runs. From the Welsh side, Sam Owens impressed with his bowling with two wickets for 27 runs.

Owens was named man of the match for his efforts.

Mike Corish got one wicket for 18 runs.

For Hervey Bay the bowlers were equally impressive with Rohan Dwyer getting two wickets for 26 runs and Billy Green getting two wickets for two runs.

The Welsh side is yet to win a game on their two week tour of Australia but don’t mind one bit – they’re still enjoying themselves and are looking forward to heading to the Gold Coast for the conclusion of their tour.

Peter Abra, manager of the combined Hervey Bay side, said his team had thoroughly enjoyed competing against the Welsh side in what was the first ever international cricket match hosted in Hervey Bay.

“The rain didn’t hold them back,” he said, adding wryly that he was sure the Fraser Coast had been the Welsh players’ favourite stop on the tour so far. He said his side had been impressed with the skills of the Welsh players and felt both sides had learned a lot from their encounter.

“It was a good opportunity to play an international team.”

Steve Maddock, coach of the Welsh side, said the tour had been a great learning curve for his side.

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