Heat takes down Sixers in junior cricket season opener
JIMMY Fritz was worried about the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Sixers pace bowler Ruby Strange before he went out to bat on Saturday for his team the BITS Heat.
The nine-year-old was playing in the under-14 competition at Boyne Oval on Saturday, and he was focused on not getting out. He succeeded with an impressive knock of 23.
"I was a bit worried because of the fast bowlers," he said.
"My aim was to bat to the end of my 45 balls and I am pretty happy with my 23."
Jimmy and his brother Will were the two not-out batsmen for the Heat as they ran over the Sixers, 133 to 87.
Eleven-year-old Brooke Sheridan was promising with her leg spinners for the Sixers, giving the ball plenty of flight and turning it a couple of feet.
"I just started bowling spin this year," she said.
"Last year they noticed I had a hop in my run-up that would be good for spin bowling."
She ended up taking the last wicket and finished with figures of 2-22.
She took a good caught-and-bowled opportunity and felt robbed that one of her deliveries hit the wickets but the bails didn't dislodge.
"I was trying to get the ball in the spot to turn into the wickets and have my shoulder straight," she said.
She thanked Neville Jud for teaching her the art of spin bowling this year despite her father's protests that he was teaching her how to bowl spin.
Ruby Strange was the best with the bat for the Sixers scoring 27 but Rhys Early had the honours in their innings, getting bowling figures of 3/11.
Under-14s Sixers v Heat
BITS Sixers 7/87 off 30 overs
Bat- Ruby Strange 27
Rhys Early 3/11
BITS Heat 8/133 off 27 overs
Jimmy Fritz 23*
Brooke Sheridan 2/22