Rushan Malek, Max Carlton, Jake Vidler, Luke Lidbetter, Jarrod Darrach, Leo Cartwright, Nick Lynam and Brycen Mitchell will all play for Wide Bay this year.
Rushan Malek, Max Carlton, Jake Vidler, Luke Lidbetter, Jarrod Darrach, Leo Cartwright, Nick Lynam and Brycen Mitchell will all play for Wide Bay this year. Craig Warhurst

Gympie juniors make state titles

UP AND coming young Gympie cricketers have displayed their talent, standing out at last weekend's Wide Bay Cricket selections in Bundaberg.

The 10 juniors will now compete in the 2011 Queensland Junior Cricket Championships.

Club spokeswoman Donna Mitchell said various age groups from Under-12 to Under-16 all competed at the weekend.

"Players from Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, North and South Burnett were also selected from the Wide Bay region to participate in this selection weekend," she said.

The successful Gympie players in the Under-16 age group were: Max Carlton, Liam O'Brien, Nick Lynam and Carlin Anderson.

Now the Under-16s will travel to Northgate where they will play four 55-over games and a Twenty20 match.

Mitchell said the Wide Bay Under-14 age group with Gympie players Brycen Mitchell, Jarrod Darrach and debutants Luke Lidbetter and Rushan Malek, would make a long journey to Mackay this year.

"Jake Vidler was successful in making the Under-13 team and will travel to Southport.

"Tingalpa is the venue for the Under-12 Championships where Leo Cartwright will make his debut for Wide Bay."

Gympie Junior Cricket President Trevor Mahaffey wished the boys the best of luck at the championships, held in the first week of the December school holidays.

"Kids who get into the next level have the commitment and put more into their training, but there is also usually a lot of parental input," Mahaffey said.

Mahaffey also thanked all the parents for travelling to Bundaberg last weekend.

"Special thanks to all players who participated in the selection weekend."

From here the boys could be selected for emerging player squads and get extra coaching and encouragement.