Hervey Bay’s Beth Mooney made a solid start as an opener for the Queensland Fire women’s cricket team in three games against the Tasmanian Roar in Brisbane.
Hervey Bay’s Beth Mooney made a solid start as an opener for the Queensland Fire women’s cricket team in three games against the Tasmanian Roar in Brisbane. Matt Roberts

Beth on fire against Tassie Roar

BETH Mooney spent the winter scoring plenty of goals for Hervey Bay's United Warriors in the Fraser Coast League women's first division competition.

Now the 17-year-old has switched her attention to scoring runs on a cricket field and she's made an impressive start to her representative duties.

Mooney was in fine form for the Queensland women's cricket team, the Queensland Fire, in three games against the Tasmanian Roar at Allan Border Field in Brisbane over the weekend.

Queensland won all three games with ease and Mooney, an opener, who plays for the Cavaliers A-grade men's team in the Fraser Coast Cricket competition whenever time and commitments allow, got runs in all of them.

The former Xavier College student scored 23 and 13 in the two Twenty20 games and 44 off 44 balls in the Australian Women's National Cricket League one-day showdown.

The games were Queensland's first of the season and Mooney said a clean sweep was a great way to start the year.

"It's a much better start than 12 months ago so that's got to be good," she laughed.

"Seriously though, we've worked hard in pre-season and that paid off - we were determined to start the season well and we have."

As for her own form, Mooney said she'd hit the ball all right.

"I was a bit scratchy at the start but I did what I had to do," the Australian under-18 representative said.

"I was happy come the end of the weekend."

While she showed plenty of encouraging signs with her bat, Mooney didn't have the chance to show what she could do as a wicket-keeper.

Regular wicket-keeper, Australian and Queensland captain, Jodie Fields, was back behind the stumps after recovering from the injury which played havoc with her last year.

Mooney deputised for her then but said she was just happy to be in the team as a batter now.

"Jodie is such a good player that the opportunities to get a run (in the team) are pretty rare," she said.

"I've worked hard on my batting and it's improved so I hope I can be the regular opener now."


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