Bundy boys set for home titles
By VINCE HABERMANN
STARS of the future will be on display in Bundaberg over the next five days when the Queensland Under-15 Cricket Championships are contested.
Many First Class players have emerged from past state carnivals and that trend is set to continue with 12 teams to battle it out.
For four Wide Bay representatives, it is a cherished opportunity to play in a state carnival at home with Across The Waves seamer Robert Bouchardt and spinner Damien Goodsell, and Brothers wicket-keeper/batsman Glen Walker and left arm paceman Haris Zia to each make their debuts at this level.
All are excited by the challenges which lie ahead of them and are keen to perform well.
"Being used to these pitches will help,'' Bouchardt said, also setting his goal as "making the state emerging players' squad''.
Wide Bay coach of many years and now Woodgate resident Brian Hennessey said this side was "mainly inexperienced'' at state, with just four of his team having contested last year's titles - Dalton Balke, Simon Murphy, Matthew Hume and Nathan Kaperick.
"It will be a learning experience for a lot of the boys, but they are all good kids and have trained hard,'' Hennessey said.
Wide Bay will take on Bayside, Easts and Redlands (BEARS) first up today and Hennessey said his side would need to improve after they "thrashed us'' in a practice game in Gympie a few weeks ago.
"We were all out for 54 - we've got a fairly good bowling team - we bowled them out for 125, but we're a bit weak in the batting,'' he said.
Hennessey said Zia and Balke would spearhead his attack.
"The spinners will also do alright - Damien Goodsell and Matthew Hume - he really turns it - they will probably bowl fairly early on and medium pacer Simon Murphy is not bad as well.
"Daniel Rewald from South Burnett will share the wicketkeeping with Glen Walker.''
Hennessey believes BEARS will be a middle of the road team, with Central Queensland and Sunshine Coast "probably'' the sides to beat for the title. "Brisbane North are also always tough,'' he said.