Ipswich teenage trio impresses under rep spotlight
THEY may have been pitted on opposing teams but three Ipswich youngsters made their mark at Allan Border Field.
Central Districts fast bowler Sean Lutter was up against Ipswich Grammar School stars Jack Wood and Carlin Anderson as the Queensland Country under-19s took on the Queensland under-17s in two games.
The younger pair's under-17s took the honours in the first game but the under-19s bounced back to win the two-day match..
After going for 0-58 in the one-dayer, Wood took 4-76 in the two-day game and hit 16 runs.
Anderson claimed 1-18 and scored 18 runs in the one-dayer, while Lutter took 1-41.
After going wicketless in the first innings of the two-day game, Lutter claimed 4-28 in the second, including the wicket of Anderson for two.
"He bowled well," Wood said of Lutter, with whom he has represented Ipswich in the Webb Shield. "He's sharp."
For Wood and Anderson, the matches were preparation for the under-17 national championships in Hobart starting Sunday.
"It was good to get to know all the boys," Wood said.
"I didn't bowl well in the one-dayer and I still have a lot to improve on, even though I took some wickets in the two-dayer.
"I just need to work hard."
Wood has the benefit of experience to call on, having been part of the Queensland team at last year's under-17 carnival in which Queensland finished second.
"It will definitely help," he said.
"Last year was a massive learning curve.
"This year I just want us to win as many games as we can and do as well as possible."
He is happy to have school teammate Anderson alongside him this time.
"Carlin went well (against Queensland Country under-19s)," Wood said.
"In the one-dayer, he batted and bowled really well.
"He can also have a massive impact in the two-dayers."
Wood has been playing for Laidley in the Ipswich Logan Premier League but probably only has four games left before he will commit to the IGS 1st XI next year.
"I want to finish with Laidley and hopefully we will be up there at the top," he said. "Then for IGS hopefully have a good year there."