OPENER: Carly Cooper is opening the batting for Queensland Country in Geraldton.
OPENER: Carly Cooper is opening the batting for Queensland Country in Geraldton. Gerard Walsh

Our Maroons are going great guns in nationals

CRICKET: Warwick players Carly Cooper and Lucy Bourke have five wins in seven games in national cricket championships currently being played.

Carly is part of the Queensland Country women's side playing in Geraldton, Western Australia, which has three wins from five games.

Lucy is vice captain of the Queensland 10-12 years team which won its first two games in the nationals in Cobram, Victoria.

Opening the batting, Carly top scored for Queensland Country in Geraldton in the first Maroons game of the carnival with 29 runs off 26 balls in a Maroons loss.

She was out for one in a win against Western Australia Country, hit the second-top score of 23 off 31 balls in a win against East Asia Pacific and 12 off 17 balls in a win against Northern Territory.

Carly felt she was hitting the ball well before being dismissed for nought in the loss to New South Wales Country on Tuesday.

"I am enjoying opening the batting, absolutely. We got off to a flyer against Victoria,” Carly said.

"We are playing in tough conditions with the heat, it is also very windy in the afternoons.”

Carly has been sensational in the field with two run outs and two catches so far.

In Cobram, Lucy opened the batting and bowling in the first Queensland 10-12 years game. She took 0-3 off three overs and hit 20 retired from 28 balls with the bat in a win against ACT.

Queensland beat carnival first timers Tasmania in round 2. Lucy opened the batting and retired with 19 off 18 balls as Queensland scored the winning runs in six overs.

Both Warwick players are regulars on the cricket fields around town.

Cooper plays for Wheatvale in A-grade cricket and Lucy plays Warwick junior cricket each Saturday morning and for Warwick in Sunday representative cricket.

Delissa Kimmince played in Hobart on Sunday and Monday for the Brisbane Heat and will play in Mackay later this week which gives Warwick three cricketers playing at national level.



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