Stitt sets standard for Bundy
BUNDABERG powered on in its Wide Bay Cricket Under-19 Championships title defence with a crushing 147-run victory over South Burnett in their second-round clash at Murgon on Sunday.
Every batsman who stood at the crease contributed as they racked up a hefty 6-323 from their 50 overs, before they dismissed the hosts for just 176.
Dynamic young left-hand opener and 2009/10 Bundaberg Junior Player of the Year Callum Stitt laid the platform for the rum city with a classy 84.
Next-best was hard-hitting No. 7 Dean Marles, who smashed an unbeaten 69 from just 40 balls, including seven sixes and two fours, while, fresh from his selection in the South Queensland Country under-19 team a week earlier, No. 5 Daniel Faulkner chipped in with 42.
Wide Bay Junior representative Joshua Paynter was the only multiple-wicket-taker for the host with 2-49 from eight overs.
A number of Burnett batsmen also made starts but none were able to go on with the job, although Zac Goodchild impressed with his 59. The second-best scorer was Jack Fleming with 31.
Bundaberg pace spearhead Michael Lovett led from the front with the ball, grabbing 3-30 from his eight overs, while fellow seamer Shane Cook (2-26) and Across The Waves’ (ATW) English import Oliver Hardaker (2-26) also made their marks.
Another ATW English recruit, Alex Lines, and captain Steve Nichols also joined the party with one wicket each.
With just a final-round home clash with Gympie on December 5, Bundaberg is virtually assured of a place in the final.
Stitt and two other members of the Bundaberg under-19 team, batsman Steve Grogan and all-rounder Boyd Smith, have been named in the Wide Bay team to contest the South Queensland Under-17 McPherson Shield at Salter Oval this weekend.
Grogan will captain the team, which includes three other Bundaberg emerging talents, Matt Gavin, Ben Lanskey and Ibtassam Zia, and six Fraser Coast representatives, Alex Barry, Alex Beatty, Tom Freshwater, Daniel Goodwin, Max McLean and Duncan Sperling.
The team will be coached by Rhys Grills, who also is coach of the Bundaberg under-19s.