Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Teenager Defies Sickness to Keep Team in Title Hunt

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Teenager Defies Sickness to Keep Team in Title Hunt

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LEADING runscorer Nick Stevens was vomiting before yesterday's crucial match at the State under-15 titles in Ipswich.

However, the classy teenage batsman still managed to score 79 after consecutive hundreds representing his unbeaten Gold Coast side.

Like many cricketers at this week's titles, Nick was feeling the heat and battling tiredness.

"The heat's been a bit of a pain," Nick said, looking off-colour after Gold Coast wrapped up their fourth consecutive win at the Ivor Marsden Memorial Sports Complex yesterday.

"I've been sick last night and the heat has been pretty bad.

"But it (the tournament) has been good. "

Right-handed batsman Nick, a Queensland Schoolboys representative, said his 117 against the Darling Downs on Tuesday was his best innings.

Gold Coast manager Bob Menzies yesterday played his part in keeping his competition- leading team cool.

As his under-15 cricketers fielded in the afternoon heat, Menzies placed water bottles around the boundary to help them cool off.

The boys responded by dismissing Mackay-Whitsunday for 115 after Gold Coast scored 198.

"Like everybody else, they are a bit sick and sore," Menzies said of his team.

"There's a few limping out here from both sides, but we're travelling all right and hope adrenalin will pump us through the rest of the week."

Gold Coast play North Queensland in their final game at Len Johnson Oval (North Ipswich) today.

Title challengers Brisbane North meet Far North Queensland at Ivor Marsden.

As for whether Gold Coast can improve from ninth last year to win this year's championships, Menzies was optimistic.

"All these teams are really even," the Helensvale-based manager said.

"It depends on how you come up on the day. But sure, we'll be confident enough."

Brisbane North maintained the pressure on Gold Coast with an 86-run win over BEARS. …

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