LINE AND LENGTH: Zachary Harris representing Wide Bay at the State Cricket Championships.
LINE AND LENGTH: Zachary Harris representing Wide Bay at the State Cricket Championships.

Gayndah cricketer makes it to state carnival

ONE of Gayndah’s state school students has represented his region in the U12 state cricket carnival.

Zac Harris from Gayndah State School was selected in the Wide Bay representative team for the age group of 10-12 for his electrifying fast bowling.

Over 72 boys tried out for the region’s team in Bundaberg in three days of rigorous trials, with Zac earning his spot in the team of 12.

One of Zac’s teachers Leah Trott commended him on his efforts, saying he showed great perseverance and skill.

“It’s hard to be selected in the Wide Bay team because you have several districts to compete with to be selected,” Ms Trott said.

The six districts include Maryborough, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Gympie, and North and South Burnett.

“Sometimes we are able to get someone selected from the school, and this is a huge honour for Zac.”

Wide Bay cricket coach and former Gayndah school teacher Clinton Hanson said Zac had done a steady job opening the bowling for Wide Bay.

“He’s been bowling tight areas and picking up wickets for us,” Mr Hanson said.

“He bowls in a really good area, nice and full on the off stump line, and that’s what we want from our bowlers.”

Over 12 teams from across the state competed at these championships, such Capricornia, Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, and more.

Due to the batting depth from the team, Zac didn’t have the chance to bat as much, but has been tight in the field.

“Zac even took a really good one handed catch in one of our matches.”

The team played well over the championship, placing fifth, with three wins and two losses.

A Queensland state team was then selected following the carnival, with three Wide Bay boys earning a spot.

With two boys from Bundaberg and one from Hervey Bay, Mr Hanson said this hasn’t happened ever in its history to have that many Wide Bay cricketers selected.

“It’s been a really successful state championship for the boys.”


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