FOUR Central Highlands Under-16 cricketers returned from the week-long Queensland Junior Championships carnival in Brisbane last week.
Almeroe De Nysschen and Juliein Harris from Blackwater and Dan Russel and Joey Pratt from Emerald were an integral part of a Central Queensland squad which took on the state's best young cricketers in the capital, notching up two wins from five games.
Coach Brendan Handley said the boys did extremely well in what was a tough draw.
"We came pretty close in all the games we lost, so the boys definitely didn't disgrace themselves," Handley said.
CQ took on the undefeated Gold Coast in the final game of the tournament and were unlucky not to escape with the champion team's scalp after dismissing them for just 166 runs.
Handley said the boys went into the second innings with optimism, but after a batting collapse, could only muster 145 in reply.
Opening batsmen Russel proved he could bowl with the best of them after snaring figures of six for 13 off six overs against Metropolitan South West.
In a Twenty20 game against South East Queensland, De Nysschen smashed an impressive 41 off just 22 balls, proving to be one of the competition's big hitters.
Handley said De Nysschen also contributed with the ball in hand all week.
"If anything, he was a bit luckless because he didn't pick up the wickets he deserved," Handley said.
He said representative tournaments were a huge part of the boys' development as cricketers.
"It's a massive step up in standard and open the boys' eyes to what level they need to be training at," he said.
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