Bundy's shield victory

CRICKET: Bundaberg under-19s claimed victory in the Wide Bay Championships in a tense showdown against Gympie at Salter Oval yesterday.

The Bundaberg outfit charged through the Wide Bay Capricorn Shield competition undefeated, winning all matches against representative teams from Fraser Coast, Gympie and South Burnett.

Faulkner said this year's crop of under-19s had followed on in the tradition of their predecessors in the competition.

"That's the fourth consecutive time Bundaberg has won it.

"That's a pretty good record from our guys," he said.

Despite a strong start from Callum Stitt with 29, Bundaberg's top order fell quickly, with Warwick Hawes caught behind for three and Dan Faulkner and Ben Lanskey dismissed for ducks.

Some strong partnerships from Bundaberg's lower batting order late in the piece helped the team achieve a total of 9-232.

Matt Gavin and William Holloway made up some crucial runs for the local team, earning 53 and 34 respectively, while Kyle Stallan (49no) and Jake Healy (18no) performed well.

Dean Krebs and Ben Lanske had standout performances in Bundaberg's bowling effort, bagging three scalps each and helping to limit Gympie's total to 216.

Faulkner said the coaching team spent a nervous afternoon on the sidelines.

"It was pretty well down to the wire at the end there," he said.

"In the end, we only had just enough runs on the board.

"We were very lucky to have a few good partnerships right at the end."

Faulkner said man of the match Gavin was an obvious standout in the encounter with a strong performance with the bat as well as the ball.

Gavin scored 53 runs off 61 balls and claimed two wickets.

"He made a good total and put consistent pressure on Gympie's batsmen with the ball," Faulkner said.



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