Slow bowling key to Bay
By ADAM HICKS firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Australian Test team's fast bowlers could learn from the slow-pace deliveries of Byron Bay Public School's Steven Daniels.
Steven's regular wicket hauls have helped the school's cricket team progress to today's quarter-final showdown against Denman Public School in the State-wide Primary School Knockout.
But unlike Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, who seemed unable to bowl on line at the stumps to Sri Lanka's tail-end on Tuesday, Steven's deliveries are always on the mark.
"He's very consistent and accurate with the ball," school principal Dean Files said. "He bowls slow but he's always on the spot so if they miss, they are out."
Steven snared 3-11 last week in Nambucca Heads as Byron Bay qualified for the finals with a 19-run win over Hastings Public School.
Byron Bay batted first and a brave knock by Oscar Jarvis, 27 not out, helped the Bay boys to 6-87.
"That was his best innings so far," Dean said. "Oscar scored lots of singles and showed a lot of patience and maturity to bat for a long time.
"His running between wickets was a highlight." Steven also chimed in with 13 and Jeremy Dipple scored 10.
Dean said the team's strength was that all its players had contributed during the competition.
"Every game it has been someone different who's been the star," he said.
"Steven has been a consistently good bowler, but each time it's someone else making the runs."
Cameron Green, Adam Jones and Michael Savins have all contributed with the bat in previous games.
"It shows a lot of depth," Dean said. "But the strength of the team is its fielding. It's outstanding.
"They put a lot of pressure on the other team and make it hard to score.
"The core group of the team have been playing together since Under-8s with the Byron Cricket Club, and they're now 11 and 12. We've got a great junior cricket structure in the area." T oday's 25-over quarter-final will be played at Byron Bay Recreational Grounds with the winner progressing to the semi-finals in Gosford.
If successful, the Byron Bay Services Club has offered to sponsor the boys' trip to the Central Coast.