Met West win school challenge
MET West’s successful state championship cricket teams showed international quality during a recent challenge against Christchurch.
In a first for school sport in Queensland, Met West conducted an International Cricket Exchange with the Christchurch Junior Cricket Association (CJCA).
Following on from their success at this year’s state titles, the Met West 15-years girls and 12-years boys teams were involved in the trans-Tasman stoush against the Christchurch 16-years girls and 13-years boys representative teams.
Over the three days of competition at Grammar Park in Ipswich and Brisbane Boys College, the teams were evenly matched.
However, the well-drilled Met West teams came out on top to claim the inaugural shields.
The Met West boys enjoyed a 3-0 clean sweep with the Met West girls triumphing 2-1.
The Exchange, which also included social activities, featured fantastic cricket.
Christchurch player Edward Zioli produced a hat-trick on the first day.
However, it was with the bat that the Met West teams dominated.
Met West players Jack Clayton, Grace McKellar, Josh Schweitzer and Casey Ryan were among the stars.
Met West team officials Chris Lees and Josh Elwell (boys) and Cath Sandurski and Larisa Seghers (girls) prepared their teams well for the Exchange games.
The cricket initiative was supported by Sportswear Queensland, Awards & Trophies, Nu-Pure Beverages, Keith Dudgeon Cricket, Queensland Cricket, Ipswich Grammar School and Brisbane Boys College.
Met West has been invited to participate in a return series to the South Island of New Zealand in January 2012.
Special trials for the touring 13-year-and-under boys and 16-years-and-under girls teams are being held on March 28.
Match summaries: Met West boys – Day 1: Met West 7-151 (J Clayton 50, C Heileg 40no) def CJCA 101 (Z Addison 3-37, B Nickson 3-20).
Day 2: Met West 6-187 (J Clayton 65) def CJCA 184 (J Clayton 3-14, L Penn 2-37).
Day 3: Met West 7-153 (J Schweitzer 65) d CJCA 9-150 (B Nickson 3-18, Z Addison 3-16).
Met West girls –
Day 1: Met West 2-103 (C Ryan 47no, G McKellar 22no) def CJCA 101 (K Blanchfield 3-12, G McKellar 3-9).
Day 2: Met West 7-147 (G McKellar 61no) d CJCA 143 (C Ryan 4-16, N McDonald 3-15).
Day 3: CJCA 4-71 d Met West 66.