Carnival juniors play with plenty of spirit

Taj StubberGreat Southern Herald
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Great Southern Cricket Association players at the WACA after their training run on last Sunday.
Camera IconGreat Southern Cricket Association players at the WACA after their training run on last Sunday.

Great Southern Cricket Association have returned from their first junior country week carnival without a win but with plenty of experience.

Players from Katanning and Broomehill made up a GSCA under-14s team, coached by Ben Quartermaine, that competed in last week’s Perth carnival.

Great Southern lost all four of their matches but showed great fight and character.

Action of Great Southern Cricket Association players at junior country week.
Camera IconAction of Great Southern Cricket Association players at junior country week.

Great Southern played Wheatbelt Warriors in their first contest last Monday, posting 104 batting first, with Jed Kowald top scoring with 25 while captain Toby Quartermaine had 23.

A strong bowling performance had Great Southern in with a chance but the Warriors finished on 8-118 to win.

Geraldton went through the tournament undefeated and posted 8-156 against Great Southern, who were led by Jack Kennedy and Lachlan Kerin as they each took two wickets.

Great Southern tried gallantly to chase the total down but fell 35 runs short as they finished on 6-121.

Hugh Beaton top scored with 25 not out.

Great Southern Cricket Association players.
Camera IconGreat Southern Cricket Association players.

An impressive display of bowling from Great Southern helped remove their opponents Bunbury and Districts for 92 on Wednesday as Alby Kowald claimed 2-5.

Great Southern had their first win in sight chasing a low total but fell short on 8-58, with Quartermaine finishing 16 not out.

Great Southern had a bye on Thursday. On Friday, four players managed to reach double figures as they batted first, posting 8-109 against Peel.

Jed Kowald top scored with 36 and Alby Kowald finished unbeaten on 20.

Jed Kowald and Crawford Bolto batting against Peel Junior Cricket Association.
Camera IconJed Kowald and Crawford Bolto batting against Peel Junior Cricket Association. Credit: Ben Quartermaine

In reply, Peel managed 5-168, with Quartermaine being the best bowler finishing with 2-18 off his four overs.

Jed Kowald led the runs for the Great Southern, making 76 runs at an average of 25.3.

With the ball, Jack Kenn-edy finished with five wickets at an average of 19.2.

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