Toowoomba's Jessica Carroll has played for Queensland Country for the past two years and hopes to go one better at the National Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton, Western Australia this week.
Toowoomba's Jessica Carroll has played for Queensland Country for the past two years and hopes to go one better at the National Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton, Western Australia this week. contributed

Talented Toowoomba trio to put on a show for Qld

CRICKET: Downs products Lauryn Anderson, Jessica Carroll and Carly Cooper are in Western Australia with the Women's Queensland country cricket team.

The Toowoomba trio are out to help the representative squad do one better this year at the National Country Cricket Championships which is being held in Geraldton for the first time. Carroll, 19, has featured in the team since it formed two years ago.

She said both years they had been quite successful and featured in finals.

"We've just been unfortunate and lost at a bad time,” she said.

"We have a good team this year. Hopefully we can use it and get through a bit further than last year.

"I think we'll have a good run as long as we put our heads down and get into it.”

Despite being a regular feature in the representative squad Carroll admitted she was nervous about her selection this year.

"A lot more people put in an application to be part of the team,” she said.

"I'm just grateful for the opportunity.”

She said it was also great to see more girls representing the Darling Downs region.

"Even though there are girls who haven't gone on to go for Brisbane Heat or Queensland fire we still have girls in the Darling Downs recognised for being great cricketers,” Carroll said.

"And that's through all age groups.”

The region was well represented this year with players in U15 and U18 representative teams.

"There is a lot of talent and hard work coming from this area and it's paying off,” she said.

DOWNS DUO REUNITE IN OPEN WOMEN'S REPRESENTATIVE TEAM

JESSICA Carroll's family friend and teammate Lauryn Anderson is one of two 16-year-olds in the open women's Queensland Country team.

Anderson has been juggling representative hockey and cricket for the past couple of months.

The talented junior wants to make her mark and stand out at the national country cricket championships this week.

"I hope I play my best and give it my best shot in everything,” she said

Anderson recently played in the U18 Silver Rookies Challenge against Brisbane Heat contracted players.

She started playing club cricket at Highfields Railways as part of a boys team.

Now she plays for the undefeated Ipswich Hornets girls team which features about 10 other Toowoomba juniors.

She recently recalled taking a classic catch in the Twenty20 competition for Hornets.

"I caught a screamer of a catch one-handed straight over the back of my head,” Anderson explained.

She hoped to carry this momentum into the national championships which kicks off on Sunday.



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