Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Emerging junior cricketers Jack Law and Ishaan Rana stole the show with extraordinary batting achievements at the Mackay 2023 Street Smarts Secondary Schools Twenty20 Challenge at Harrup Park.
Hot shot Law underlined his batting skills to help St Patrick’s College Mackay clean-sweep district titles in the Junior Male, Senior Male and Female categories.
The 14-year-old young gun smashed an unbeaten 113 off only 45 deliveries in St Patrick’s victory over Whitsunday Anglican School to confirm his status as one of the region’s most promising batsmen.
Law, an accomplished Mackay-Whitsunday junior representative and Brothers Mackay product, followed up his century with a whirlwind score of 40 against the St Patrick’s College No 2 X1.
He is one of eight Mackay juniors drafted for the Brisbane Premier League Junior Twenty20 series.
While top prospect Law was piling on the runs, the gifted Rana was emulating those deeds with a magnificent 109 off sixty balls against St Patrick’s and a quickfire 72 off only 27 deliveries against Holy Spirit College.
Rana’s stylish ton featured an incredible 15 sixes and two boundaries and entertained those lucky enough to witness the masterclass display before he was run out.
Law and Rana are undoubtedly two of the finest cricketers from the Mackay junior nursery with bright futures in the sport.
Other players to shine were Holy Spirit batsman Jacob Whitby, who cracked an impressive 58 off 48 balls against Whitsunday Anglican; St Patrick’s seamer Connor Muller (3-7) and spinners Nic Beardmore (3-22) and Cameron Tomerini (3-20 and 2-16); Darcy Sanderson (44); Hayden Melifont (35 not out); Etienne Pretorius (34 not out); Fletcher Russell (33 not out) and premiership-winning Magpies first grade all-rounder Liam Zurvas (25 & 15 not out) and Holy Spirit’s Bennett Reginato (29 and 23 not out).
By Chris Karas