Lachlan Gross will play for Darling Downs in the Queensland Primary School Cricket Championships. Lara Hemmings
Lachlan Gross will play for Darling Downs in the Queensland Primary School Cricket Championships. Lara Hemmings Lara Hemmings

Young batsman into rep side

AFTER making Darling Downs junior cricket teams in the past four seasons, Warwick State High School student Lachlan Gross has been selected in his first regional schoolboys team.

Gross is in the Darling Downs under-14 secondary schoolboys team to play in the state championships starting Sunday in Bundaberg.

He has already been named in the regional U15 team this season, which is selected from players involved in junior club fixtures in associations on the Darling Downs.

Last year, he hit his best championship score of 44 in Mackay for the Darling Downs U14 side.

He hasn't bowled at regional level but takes his turn at the bowling crease in club games. His best batting at club level is 88 not out and best bowling four wickets in an innings.

Gross will bat at number six for the schoolboys' side and open for the U15 team at the state championships during the Christmas holidays.

Each Monday and Friday afternoon, he trains in a squad under coach Peter Kimmince at Slade Park nets.

"Peter corrects my style and we talk about building an innings," Gross said.

In the backyard at home, he plays with younger brothers Ben and Jacob a couple of times a week.

"My brothers have to get me out to bat," he said.

His ambition in cricket is simple.

"I want to go as far as I can," Gross said.

While he plays rugby league for Collegians in the Warwick and District competition, Gross said his main sport was cricket.

As for the Test matches, Gross said he watched a bit of cricket on the television but didn't have a favourite player.


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