Reece bowls over rivals at carnival
LOOKING for the thinking man's bowler? Canny Reece Gregor is your man.
The FNC Heat paceman took his best ever haul of 6-26 from seven overs during yesterday's Ballina Under-13 Cricket Carnival clash with Central Coast.
His efforts unfortunately proved in vain, though, with his side going down to a 97-run loss at Wollongbar's HillPark Oval.
Reece, whose twin brother and teammate Riley took two catches off his deliveries, revealed that a last-minute deviation from his usual style had paid dividends.
"I normally bowl outswingers, but I saw the wind was going to the right-hand side today," he said.
"When I was given the ball to bowl, I picked up a piece of grass and I saw which way the wind was bowling. I knew I had to try and bowl inswingers.
"I was just bowling full length and on their toes - and it worked."
Goonellabah player Reece has played cricket for about five years.
The 12-year-old has the inspiration of mum Tammy, a former talented medium pacer who represented New South Wales at under-21 level.
Reece, who plays for the Eastern Districts side at interdistrict level, said his teammates had been just as excited with his efforts.
"They were all pumped," he said.
"It's good to put the effort in and great to get a haul like that.
"It's good to be here. You get to practise for when you next play and have loads of fun as well."
The hard-working Heat attack eventually dismissed Central Coast for 199 in the 48th over.
Their efforts were in vain though as their side finished on 8-102 from their 50 overs.
Opener Bailey Engler and Cameron Palmer starred with the bat for FNC, making 33.
Cameron Palmer also continued his good form in the competition with 40 retired.
FNC takes on Metropolitan South West Brisbane in its latest Pool B clash today at Ballina's Saunders Oval (9.30am start).
Sixteen teams from across the state are taking part in the annual tournament.