Metropolitan North’s Jordan Gentile keeps Capricornia batsman Tom Bugeja on his toes in the Queensland Schools 14 Years and Under Championships at Kendall’s Flats.
Metropolitan North’s Jordan Gentile keeps Capricornia batsman Tom Bugeja on his toes in the Queensland Schools 14 Years and Under Championships at Kendall’s Flats. Max Fleet

Beath ton of class

JACK Beath scored the second century of the Queensland School Sport 14 Years and Under Championships in Bundaberg on day two of the carnival yesterday.

The stocky left-hander followed in the footsteps of his Metropolitan North team-mate Justin Francis a day earlier, leading them past Capricornia's paltry total of 79 with fellow opener Patrick Dooley, before going on to be dismissed for 100 neat.

Three other teams each recorded their second wins with Wide Bay scraping past South Coast in their last over, Metropolitan East getting out of jail to tough out a 23- run victory over Darling Downs and Peninsula overhauling Metropolitan West.

In the other game, Sunshine Coast bounced back from their first-up drubbing by Met North to thrash Northern by 161 runs.

But Met North is shaping as the team to beat after another robust all-round performance.

Capricornia elected to bat but Bundaberg born Slater Asnicar made the first breakthrough for Met North before fellow opener Aravinda Perera snared three wickets in his first spell to reduce the Central Queenslanders to 4-25.

They never recovered with Jorgan Gentile also wreaking havoc with 3-9 and they were ultimately bundled out inside 31 of their allotted 50 overs.

Then with Beath and Dooley in full flight, Met North passed their target one ball into the 13th over before Dooley departed for 41 after a stylish 61 on Sunday.

Francis came and went for 29 but Beath soldiered on to be the fifth wicket to fall, with the team going on to finish at 9-255, but Capricornia opener Tom Bugeja could hold his head high after claiming 3-37 from his 10 overs.

Wide Bay bowled Met West out for 169 before getting home with five wickets in hand in the last over with Bundaberg's Hayden Herbert producing a fine double of 3-20 and 44 runs, Mitchell Bunker also claiming three scalps, and Matt Cornelius notching an unbeaten 46.

The Downs posted a very competitive 9-199 against Met East despite a five-wicket haul to Bailey Bennett, before having them reeling at 4-42, but No. 5 Anthony Mazzeo led the City side home for the loss of five wickets before finishing unconquered four runs shy of a deserved century.

He received excellent support from lower order batsmen Tom Rolls (26) and Ben Cole (32 not out).

Met West could manage only 169 after opener Stan Gaudion led a well executed attack, and batting at No. 5, he completed a superb double, falling for 96 on the second last ball of the innings after having led them past their target with just one wicket in hand.

Openers Jack Parker (75) and Ben Fleiter (52) laid the platform for Sunshine Coast as they racked up 6-252, before pace spearheads Jackson Turner and Jorgen Pederson ripped through Northern's top order with 4-16 and 3-19, and they were sent packing for 91.

Wide Bay 5-181 (Cornelius 46no, Herbert 44, Lane Ferling 31) d South Coast 175 (Liam Smith 63, Luke Elliott 47, Herbert 10-2-20-3, Mitchell Bunker 8.2-2-31-3, Patrick Turner 10-3-34-2).

Peninsula 178 (Gaudion 96, Luke Bartholomew 9.5-0-34-3, Hayden Weber 5-1-22-2, Cameron Bandy 9-0-41-2) d Met West 169 (Bandy 44, Matt Elkins 32, Gaudion 10-1-16-3, James Stoodley 7-2-26-2).

Met North 9-255 (Beath 100, Dooley 41, Bugeja 10-0-37-3, Harry Fordyce 7-0-24-2) d Capricornia 79 (Shannon Crozier 27, Gentile 4-1-9-3, Perera 6-1-12-3).

Sun Coast 6-252 (Parker 75, Fleiter 52, Dylan Thompson 8-0-53-3, Grant Russ 10-2-33-2) & 5-136 (Pederson 40, Rhys Parker 35) d Northern 91 (Jack Raffles 35, Turner 7-1-16-4, Pederson 7-2-19-3, Hayden Owen 2-0-9-2).

Met East 5-222 (Mazzeo 96no, Ben Cole 32no) d D/Downs 9-199 (Dane Budden 67, Lachlan Gross 39, Bennett 7-1-30-5).