Out of the nest
EMERALD Magpies haven't quite taken flight this season, save four juniors who have leapt from the nest and spread their wings.
The transition from junior to senior cricket is supposed to be a hard road, yet 15-year-olds Eagan Jones, Riley Raynes, Reagan Parter and 14-year-old Darcy Hagan have all made this transition seamlessly.
Senior batsman and mentor Jason Cerff said while the overall year had been a disappointing one, the experience his four gems had gained would prove priceless.
"There is obviously still a bit for them to learn but not too much of a step up for them," Cerff said.
"They all play juniors early in the morning and are still keen to play in the 40 degree heat for seniors, so good on them.
"They give their all with the bat, ball and in the field and aren't scared of the seniors.
"They will gain some fantastic experience from playing with us and take the club forward."
Cerff explained that each of the four brought something different to the table.
"Darcy is a good top order batsman and a nice medium pace and off spin bowler," he said of Hagan who top scored with 34 at the weekend.
"Riley is a good leggie who just needs a bit of confidence to throw the ball up, he can bat too... won the game for the under-16s with the bat.
"Reagan is a very accomplished batsman and very handy medium pace bowler and Eagan is our future keeper-batsman. He was sick on the weekend but the U16s and seniors missed him."
Magpies finished the year winning battle of the spoon against the Dysart Dingos.
Cerff described it as a "hollow victory".
"Both sides were pretty desperate to avoid the spoon, so while it was good to get the win it was a hollow victory," he said.
"We batted first to get out of the heat and made plenty of starts but couldn't go on.
"But we bowled and fielded really well and took our chances.
"Nev Suell came back well after a few months off and picked up 5-51."