Juniors start season in style
BLACKWATER Bilbies under-16s cricketers made a statement of intent by defeating the Emerald Magpies with only seven players.
The Bilbies batted first and piled on the runs on Saturday at the Hunter Street Sports Complex.
Mitchell Williams led the charge with 72 runs from 55 balls, including 11 fours and a six.
Davis Meadows scored 67 off 52 balls with 10 fours and a six and Ben Newman chipped in with 25 runs from 32 balls.
The Bilbies racked up an impressive score of 2-248 to defeat the Magpies 8-180.
Magpies were up against it and needed seven runs an over from the get-go but the chase was too much.
Riley Raynes shone to make 68 runs and Reagan Parter tried scored 42.
With just the seven players in the field, Blackwater had a hard time saving the runs but managed to do so with some fierce bowling.
Jack Grimley grabbed one wicket for seven runs, Newman 1-19 and Meadows impressed again with 2-31 capping off a fine day.
In their first ever outing the under-11s returned from Emerald with a win, only losing three wickets in the process.
The Bilbies notched up 3-158 with Conner McKenzie making a fine 37 off 25, which included nine fours.
Riley O'Leary did well to make 20 from 26.
O'Leary was valuable with the cherry as well bowling three maidens while Tim Cunningham and Lawson Denniss grabbed a wicket each.
Morale was high after their victory, as only three members of the team had played competitively before.