Nichols leads Bundy to victory
A DEVASTATING 142 from Bundaberg batsman Steve Nichols set up a comfortable win for the home side against Fraser Coast yesterday at Salter Oval.
Bundaberg made 284 — well above par on a slow outfield — and bowled Fraser Coast out for 192 in the 49th over.
It was deja vu for Fraser Coast, who watched as he amassed 136 against the team in their previous meeting.
They only had themselves to blame though, dropping him twice in slips in the infancy of his innings.
“That was definitely the turning point, because if they had got him cheap we would have been in a lot of trouble,” victorious captain Zac Keune said.
Nichols hit four sixes in his knock, with the 142 coming from just 115 balls.
He was dismissed in the 38th over with the score at 217 and Bundaberg in full control.
It continued a stellar season for the red-hot all rounder.
He shared in a 158-run stand with fellow Country Wests batsman Dan Faulkner.
Faulkner (43) and lower order hitter Alistair Rathbone (40) ensured the chase was going to be too much for the unfancied Coast line-up.
Young Fraser Coast paceman Tom Freshwater had reason to smile though, returning figures of 5-32 and Aidan Worth took 4-44.
Their chase never got off the ground, and despite several dropped catches and 27 extras, Bundaberg were in control.
Mitch Waters (2-23) and Braydon Graham (2-28) bowled tidy spells and off spinner Chris Duff (3-38) was his usual self.
When Duff took the big wicket of Sam Chew for 64 it effectively snuffed out any hopes of an unlikely win.
The win gave them their second Wide Bay cricket crown in as many years and with only two players, from the current squad ineligible next season, things look promising for Bundaberg.
“We’ll all be back next year and we have a few handy guys coming through so we’ll be hoping it’s three in a row for us,” Keune said.