SCORE: Abbie-Jane Lord scoring runs for Kingaroy Swickers Suncorp Red at stage two cricket.
SCORE: Abbie-Jane Lord scoring runs for Kingaroy Swickers Suncorp Red at stage two cricket. Claudia Williams

New challenge for junior cricketers

CRICKET: Saturday marked round five of the South Burnett junior cricket season and the first time teams faced competition from three opposing teams in each division.

Murgon Cricket Club have added a second team to the stage three competition creating the opportunity for teams to play each week rather than having a bye.

The new team has also created the opportunity for players to step up into the stage two division.

Coach of the combined Nanango and Murgon stage two team, Dan O'Connor, said players are embracing the challenge of competing in a higher division.

"It has allowed our younger players to step up and they are bowling three to four overs every week,” he said.

With six players available the team had to give it their all with the bat and each cover a large area in the field when they travelled to Kingaroy to take on the Swickers Sunpork Red side and while they didn't score a win O'Connor was proud of his teams effort.

"The batting has improved out of sight especially their fielding and they are watching what is happening in the game as it is going on,” he said.

"We played this Kingaroy team in round two and their batting and bowling has improved exceptionally well too.”

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