TALENTED YOUNGSTER: Souths player Jordan Lanza, who recently played for Darling Downs Country against teams from southern Queensland, bowls at Stanthorpe Cricket.
TALENTED YOUNGSTER: Souths player Jordan Lanza, who recently played for Darling Downs Country against teams from southern Queensland, bowls at Stanthorpe Cricket. Liana Turner

The love of the game

OUR local cricket teams have a lot of young players to boast of this season.

Souths cricketer Jordan Lanza is one of those shining stars who can't get enough of playing cricket.

Just last weekend, Lanza played for Darling Downs Country in the Schaeffer Shield Cup.

"It was just the country people on my team,” Lanza said.

"A guy rang me and asked if I wanted to play. He was from Warwick.

"I knew the players on my team because most of them we play rep cricket against. There were five to six players from the Lockyer I had played before.”

The State High Year 12 student said his team went up against Wide Bay, SEQ, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Darling Downs City in a two-day competition.

"We played against Wide Bay and Darling Downs City,” he said.

"The first game (against Darling Downs City) we got bowled out for 50. They made 150.

"(Wide Bay) made 5-260 and we were bowled out for 90. It was good fun.”

Playing cricket since he was seven years old, Lanza loves getting out on the pitch to "play the game”.

"I like that you play with the people you know,” he said.

"I get to play with my dad (Mark) and my brother (Liam). I just enjoy playing.”

Lanza's future may lay in playing cricket professionally, saying he considered going to Brisbane to start playing in the higher league.

"I might go away to Brisbane for grade cricket. And work my way up,” he said.

Lanza will be playing with Darling Downs Country on December 2-3 at the Gold Coast where a team for southeast Queensland will be selected.

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