Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Corey the Centre of Attention; Talented Teenager Selected in State Team

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Corey the Centre of Attention; Talented Teenager Selected in State Team

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THE big talking point in town this week has been the selection of Corey Lucas in the Queensland under-19 team.

The former Ipswich Grammar student came to the Hornets from Central Districts Cricket Club when he was seeking an opportunity to further his game. He slotted straight into 1st Grade where he caught the eye of the state selectors, earning a "call up" to the U19 training squad.

His consistent performances at Brisbane 1st Grade level, particularly with the ball, were a big factor in his state selection.

Corey becomes the first player from the Hornets to gain selection in a QCA representative team. The National U19 carnival is in Hobart.

Last ball thriller

RARELY does the result of a two-day cricket game go down to the last ball.

It happened last Saturday when the Hornets were defending a total of 265 and Souths, at 8 for 264, needed one run to tie and two runs to win.

The ball was struck firmly to Mark Rasmussen at short cover as the batsmen set off. A clean pick up followed by a sprint to the bowler's end, with Rasmussen removing the bails before the sliding bat crossed the crease line.

Souths finished on 9/264 and the match was drawn.

This weekend, the Hornets play a double header at Redlands against the home team who currently sit third in the Brisbane first grade competition.

Lightning strikes

THE Hornets' chances of making the cross-pools final in the Lords Taverners competition were dashed last Sunday.

Lightning caused the game against Wests to be called off.

Chasing the Hornets' total of 244, Wests were struggling at 8/191.

The Ipswich boys play a one-day game against Wynnum Manly tomorrow. They will meet either Norths or Valleys in the cross-pools playoff.

The Lords Taverners final will be between Gold Coast and Sandgate-Redcliffe.

The young Hornets team has attracted a lot of favourable comment this season from officials. The team has become an integral part of the Hornets club.

Congratulations to Mike Stoodley and all the players.

It was rewarding to receive, this past week, the Spirit of Cricket Award sponsored by the Queensland Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association, for the Lords Taverners Hornets team in the 2012/13 season. …

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