Welsh team to play Bay schools
THEY’VE left the freezing temperatures of home thousands of kilometres away but Mother Nature may still stump the hopes of a young team of Welsh cricketers today.
The Neath Port Talbot College Cricket Academy is scheduled to play a one-day game against a combined Hervey Bay schools line-up at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval – providing yesterday’s rain hasn’t ruined the wicket.
The tourists are on a two-week tour of Australia, playing six games in South Australia, Brisbane and Hervey Bay before heading back home on Saturday.
If play goes ahead today, the game is scheduled to start at noon, the internationals, whose players range in age from 16 to 19, will be hoping to register their first win on Australian soil after losing the opening four of the tour.
They won’t find it easy today though – the Hervey Bay team includes some pretty handy players, including many with first grade experience.
They will also come face-to-face with one of the rising young stars in the women’s game in the country – Beth Mooney.
The 16-year-old wicketkeeper yesterday made her debut for the state women’s team, the Queensland Fire, in the Women’s National Cricket League showdown against the Western Fury last month.
Although his team hasn’t won a game yet, Neath Port Talbot College Cricket Academy coach Steve Maddock said his players were really enjoying the tour.
“Well, we could be back home in the cold,” he laughed before the team left Brisbane yesterday.
“No, the tour has been a great experience and a real learning curve for us all.
“We haven’t played that bad either – all the games have been close so we are not complaining.
“We’re just enjoying the chance of being outside and playing cricket at this time of the year.”