Classy Heazlett ton steals show
THE class of Sam Heazlett shone like a beacon again at Salter Oval as he scored his second consecutive century, against Mackay-Whitsunday yesterday, to spearhead Bayside, East and Redlands (BEARS) to an unbeaten Queensland Under-15 Championships title.
It was déjà-vu for the stylish No. 3, who posted 117 from just 104 balls as the rest of the top order crumbled around him.
He was primarily responsible for his team's total of 8-205 in difficult conditions after overnight rain. BEARS then bowled their country rivals out for 118 for a sweet victory.
South East Queensland (SEQ) clinched second position with a big win over Far North, while Wide Bay wrapped up third with its fourth win of the carnival, defeating the winless Sunshine Coast.
In other matches, Brisbane North slumped to its third loss, going down to Darling Downs and South West Queensland (DDSWQ) in a tense finish, Central Queensland (CQ) recorded its third straight victory, accounting for North Queensland (NQ), and Gold Coast was 78-run winner over a disappointing Metropolitan South West.
But all honours belonged to BEARS and their rising star and vice-captain Heazlett, who finished the week with 454 runs at an average of 113.
Mackay lost wickets at regular intervals before suffering a late implosion of 6-15.
Dominic Ragonesi removed Mackay captain and top-scorer Rhys McBride for 42 in his 3-19.
But he had to share the bowling honours with his leader Darcy Richardson, who struck twice in his first spell and came back to fittingly deliver the last rites to finish with 3-17.
SEQ captain Trent Jellie also set the standard for his team with a game-high 43 and 3-18, but Trent Arnold was another major contributor with the excellent double of 34 and 3-18, while Brent Potbury signed off on a good carnival with 3-12.
Wide Bay skipper Matt Fulton was also a match-winner with 80 in a total of 7-200, before part-time bowlers Scott Armstrong and Clay Donovan took three wickets each as the Coast was dismissed for 153.
BEARS 8-205 (Sam Heazlett 117, Todd Dawson 32, Patrick Johnson 9-2-22-2, Conor Bryant 9-2-46-2) d Mackay-Whitsunday 118 (Rhys McBride 42, Darcy Richardson 7.2-1-17-3, Dominic Ragonesi 6-0-19-3, Josh Herbert 10-0-23-2).
Wide Bay 7-200 (Matt Fulton 80, Liam O'Brien 25, Tom Buckle 10-2-31-2, Ryan Ballinger 10-0-48-2) d Sunshine Coast 153 (Luke Ford 52, Henry Watter 42, Scott Armstrong 5-0-16-3, Clay Donovan 10-1-33-3, Lehman Brunjes 2.2-0-7-2, William Holloway 10-3-22-2).
Gold Coast 6-168 (Sam Rasmussen 71no, Ben Shields 29, Josh Steele 6-0-23-2) d MSW 90 (Campbell Smart 23, Jayden Gleeson 9-1-23-4, Ryan Menzies 6-2-16-3, Nathan Lyons 8-2-9-2).
SEQ 201 (Tom Jellie 43, Trent Arnold 34, Tom Byrnes 27, Naukhez Asif 10-1-34-3, Travis Argoon 8-0-34-2) d Far North 135 (Argoon 39, Jack Wilkinson 28, Brent Potbury 5-0-12-3, Arnold 10-2-18-3, Jellie 8-3-23-3, Sam Beckman 9-2-19-2).
CQ 9-164 (Reegan Brown 41, Almeroe De Nysschen 25, James Coventon 10-2-41-5, Sam Rowley 10-4-14-3) d NQ 105 (Jack Jeston 40, Jonah Clancy 10-1-29-4, De Nysschen 6-0-9-2, Curtis Duff 10-1-20-2).
DDSWQ 10-158 (Todd Gorringe 25no, Kayne Engler 25, Brad Powell 9-2-18-5, Charlie Mann 10-0-28-3, Sam Milne 10-1-47-2) d Brisbane North 10-155 (Mann 34, Max Frisby 34, Tom Wainwright 4-1-25-2).