Capricornia turn heads at state championship
CRICKET: Capricornia managed to cause headaches for some of its more fancied opposition during the Queensland Under-13 Boys State Championships held at Brisbane this week.
The Capricornia boys made a nervous start in their first game against Met West on Sunday, going down by 30 runs in windy and overcast conditions.
However, they responded with a huge upset victory over Met North in the second round.
The Met North side were looking to claim their third-straight championship in the U13 age group, but were forced to do it the hard way after being outplayed by Capricornia.
Proving their victory against Met North was no fluke, Capricornia backed that performance up with a tight win over Northern.
However the Capricornia campaign ended yesterday when they fell to Met East by 28 runs.
Gladstone players Kori Ramsden, Lachlan Wembridge and Will Raffin, all 12, were involved in every match.
Gladstone Junior Cricket coordinator Jack Ramsden said the boys improved as the competition wore on.
"The boys were quite nervous in the first game, it's always tough not knowing the conditions,” Ramsden said.
"The wicket was a little bouncy and I think that surprised our opening batters. "We scratched out 123 runs which was a pretty good result considering how we started.”
It was a different story in the second game as Capricornia dominated pre-match favourites Met North with bat and ball.
Kori managed a solid knock of 20 opening the batting before being involved in an unfortunate run-out with first-drop Hayden Evetts.
"We went out and bowled extremely well and got them on the back foot,” Ramsden said.
"It was a great start on our behalf and as soon as the Met North guys got into a bit of trouble they dug themselves into a deeper hole and we took advantage and rolled them for 64.
"Our openers went out there and were quite solid.
"(Kori) and Hayden were seeing the ball really well until Kori hit it to a gap and his partner didn't want to run so he was left stranded.”
Batting at the opposite end of the order, Lachlan and Will didn't have many chances to shine with the willow, but chipped in with some vital wickets along the way.
"They both like in-swingers to the right handers so the wind was helping them so they could move the ball a fair bit,” Ramsden said.
"They bowled really well - full and at the stumps and that's what you need to do.”
The boys play one more game today to determine their final position.
Kori scored 29 during Capricornia's semi-final loss against Met East.