Bundaberg trio represent South Qld
Stylish wicketkeeper/batsman Curtis Janke was rewarded for his continued excellence when he was chosen as captain of the South Queensland Country (SQC) under-19 team.
The Across The Waves rising star was named in the team, together with Country/Wests club-mates, top order batsman Daniel Faulkner and fast bowler Kyle Stallan, after performing strongly at the South Queensland Conference Under-19 Denis O’Dea Shield in Dalby.
There, they helped Wide Bay to second place overall of the four Zone teams behind Darling Downs and South West (DDSW) Country after recording a win and a fighting loss.
In difficult conditions, Wide Bay began with a tough 63-run victory over South East Queensland (SEQ).
Another Bundaberg talent, Warwick Hawes top-scored with 53 in a total of 5-155.
Next best was Gympie’s Chris Darrach with 32, while Janke was unbeaten on 31, with Faulkner dismissed for 17.
They then bowled SEQ out for 92 with Gympie’s Tom White the destroyer with 3-9, with Fraser Coast’s Aiden Worth (2-17) and Stallan (1-18) also featuring.
But they then went down to DDSW Country by 27 runs after being bundled out for just 111.
Luke Beatty did well for 36, while Stallan was the joint second-top scorer with 18.
They did well with the ball, restricting the hosts to 138, but they simply did not have enough runs on the board.
Beatty completed an excellent double, snaring 5-23 with his spin, while Stallan also showed his all-round skills, bagging 2-22 to force his way into the side.
SQC will take on North Queensland Country at Brisbane’s Allan Border Fields on November 6 and 7, with all players also chasing places in the Queensland Country age team.
Just one other Wide Bay player gained selection, all-rounder Luke Beatty, of the Past Grammars club of Maryborough.
Beatty was the leading wicket-taker at the Carnival with seven.