Rum city earns shot at the shield
HOSTS Bundaberg produced a strong team performance and laid claim to a place in the Wide Bay Australia Under-19 Shield grand final with a 49-run victory over South Burnett on Sunday.
After their first-up victory over Fraser Coast on October 2, the Rum City side went into the match at Salter Oval without a couple of stars but again showed their depth.
Batting first, Bundaberg was bowled out in the last of their allotted 50 overs for a healthy 237 after opener Callum Stitt had laid the platform with 65.
No. 4 Ben Lanskey made a pleasing return to form with 56, while every other batsman made starts without being able to go on with the job, with under-16 fill-in player William Holloway the next best with 27.
Tim Linnane was the most successful bowler for the Burnett with 3-43.
South Burnett made a bad start in their run chase with opener Daniel Kapernick bowled by Shane Cook in the second over, and from there, they never fully recovered despite a 65-run second wicket stand between opener Chris Robinson (24) and Linnane (41).
From 1-66, they suffered a collapse of 3-10, triggered by another under-16 Dean Krebs, then after their Wide Bay U-16 representative No. 5, Lehmann Brunjes, guided them to 4-133, they imploded, losing 5-23, before the tail wagged to add another 32 runs.
All seven Bundaberg bowlers did their jobs well, with Cook finishing with 2-31 from 10 overs, and Krebs also snaring the last wicket for figures of 2-27 from 6.1 overs. Stitt (1-22), Lanskey (1-22) and Holloway (1-25) also chipped in with one wicket each, while spinner Boyd Smith claimed the other scalp.
Bundaberg will play Gympie in the Gold City in the last round on December 4, hoping to secure a home grand final on January 8.