Bitter-sweet end to season appropriate for 5th-graders

DESPITE losing the Douglas Cup grand final at Manuka Oval last weekend, the Queanbeyan District Cricket Club has not missed out on silverware this season, with the fifth grade side taking their title.

And in weather affected circumstances, they did not have to play to take their 45 over per side one day competition.

The side was meant to face North Canberra-Gungahlin at Freebody Oval last Saturday, but a week's worth of rain in the lead up followed by afternoon showers on the day saw all suburban sports grounds across the ACT and Queanbeyan close.

While it was a bitter-sweet way to win the competition, captain Peter Jensen said his grade's first title since the 2009/10 season was justified given his players' committment since October last year.

"It is always nice to play and win, but we look back over the years we've been on the other end of the coin. I think eight times we've been in semi-finals and lost without a ball being bowled," said Jensen.

Jensen's men only lost one game all season- against North Canberra-Gungahlin in the final round- and he was very happy with how his men combined in the field and on the pitch.

"If you look back over the year, we were the dominant side," he said.

Jensen himself was one of the best batsmen in the competition, making 104 runs in his final innings, while Jimmy Martin scalped 30 wickets for Queanbeyan.

Opening bowlers John Fern and Troy Drayton were also praised by their skipper in taking early wickets and applying pressure, while opening batsmen Aaron Thorn was credited for his runs in setting up crucial innings'.

While Jensen will stay on as captain, he said young guns Zack Jerrim, Jacob Gisik, Jacob Gillespie and Zack Arton were big chances in moving to higher grades next season.

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