Coach Lesley Bligh (left) with the Baralaba State School cricket team members Melanie Hamilton, Bryce Stanley, Marzena Oakley, Rhianon Adams, Mashayla Yoren, Chazelle Leisha, Shaniqua Miller and Yolanda Adams holding the trophy with the Brisbane Heat mascot.
Coach Lesley Bligh (left) with the Baralaba State School cricket team members Melanie Hamilton, Bryce Stanley, Marzena Oakley, Rhianon Adams, Mashayla Yoren, Chazelle Leisha, Shaniqua Miller and Yolanda Adams holding the trophy with the Brisbane Heat mascot. QUEENSLAND CRICKET

Howzat! CQ girls cricket team to play final at MCG

CRICKET: Eight keen young cricketers from Central Queensland will next month get to play on the fabled turf of Australia's greatest sporting arena, the MCG.

The Baralaba State School Year 7/8 girls team, which is made up of players from Baralaba and Woorabinda, will compete in the national final of the Milo T20 Blast Schools Cup on December 5.

The girls qualified for the event by winning the state final in Brisbane last week.

Ably led by captain Shaniqua Miller, they won their three pool matches to qualify for the decider against Brisbane's Somerville House, the team which beat them at the same stage of the competition last year.

This time it was Baralaba who took the honours, winning the final in convincing fashion.

Coach Lesley Bligh said it was a great team effort and the reward for victory was incredible.

"Nearly all of them were in the team last year; we had only two new members. I think that having been there before, the girls knew what they had to do to win it.

"They were really prepared and ready to play. They have great natural ability and their skills just needed a bit of tightening up and with experience, that happened.

"They're all really excited about the idea of playing in the national final but I don't think they realise the enormity of what they've done.

"Playing cricket at the MCG is massive; this will be huge for every one of them.”

Bligh said that the players from the other country regions that contested the state final were quick to congratulate the team from the little town in CQ.

"They were all really excited for us and said that we had done well to win it for country Queensland.

"It just goes to show that it doesn't matter where you come from, you can win it.

"We proved to the other young girls there that if they put their mind to it, they can do it too.”

Bligh said her girls' victory was even more impressive given none of them played regular competition.



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