Booth straight drives Hervey Bay back down the highway
IT certainly was a weekend to renember for Bundaberg under-16 star Kurtis Booth.
The day after he compiled a sparkling innings of 190 not out for Brothers, Booth fell just two short of his half century in the game against Hervey Bay on Sunday.
His stylish 48 gave Bundaberg a modest total of 138, which was made to look very impressive as Bryon Thick and Scott Moller both claimed three wickets to bundle the opposition out for 92.
The 46-run victory started a clean sweep for Rum City teams, as all four grades crushed their Fraser Coast rivals.
A magnificent display with the ball from Michael Lovett (3-12), along with solid performances from under-14 team-mates Zac Liverton (2-5), Mitchell Waters (2-6) and Zac Keune (2-7), wiped out Hervey Bay for a disastrous 45.
In reply Josh Neil was on his way to a well-deserved 50 when he retired at 47, as solid hands from Todd Moller (36) and Alex Rehbein (36no) gave the home side a crushing 174-run win.
Meanwhile, Bundaberg under-13 batsman Damien Noffke hit a run-a-ball 27 as a solid team effort pushed the total up to 149.
Two wickets apiece from Shane Cook, Daniel Faulkner and Curtis Janke proved too much for a gallant Hervey Bay, who fell 31 runs short.
Solid scores from Callum Stitt (38) and opener Steven Grogan (33) highlighted the under-12 Bundaberg innings of 9-183, before tight bowling from Cameron Locke (3-6) restricted the opposition to 105.