Dropped catches aid DDSWQ win
DARLING Downs and South West Queensland and Gold Coast remain the only two unbeaten teams after day two of the Bundaberg Under-15 Development Carnival yesterday.
DDSWQ staged its second superb run chase, mowing down fellow first-up winners Bundaberg Maroon's healthy total of 8-230 before going on to finish at 6-299.
Gold Coast proved far too strong for the young Bundaberg White side, racking up 10-255 from its 55 overs before routing the locals for just 67 inside 27 overs.
Meanwhile, South East Queensland bounced back from its loss to Gold Coast to inflict Brisbane North's second straight defeat, bowling it out for a moderate 160 before toughing out a 13-run victory.
Vice-captain and opener Brendan Buckley and No. 4 James Lush were the heroes for DDSWQ, backing up their unbeaten 106 and 83 against Brisbane North with scores of 65 and 87 respectively.
Lush faced just 72 balls, while No. 6 Jayhden Eicens was left stranded unbeaten on 49 at the end.
Earlier, opening bowler Ben Itzstein added to his 3-30 on Monday with 2-39 to be the only multiple wicket-taker.
But Bundaberg Maroon's day one centurions, opener Jared Paul and No. 3 Baidon Cooper continued their fine form with 69 and 50 respectively to ensure the hosts a very competitive tally.
Paul also snared a wicket but U-13 player Sam Pearson was their only other successful bowler with 2-30, with their other three wickets coming from run-outs.
All honours belonged to DDSWQ but Bundaberg coach Brett McLellan rued eight dropped catches which he said cost them the match.
Gold Coast was in early trouble at 3-43 but fought back magnificently with opener Nick Jolly anchoring the innings with a stylish 89 from 135 balls, and he was well supported by Jordan Rodgers with 40.
Opening bowler Deon Mann was outstanding for Bundaberg White with 3-22, while first-change Mitchell Harney chipped in with 2-43, but the team had no answer with the bat, with No. 5 Jesse Richardson, who finished unbeaten on 22, the only one to post double-figures.
Coast spearheads Tim Pezet and Alexander Johnston wreaked havoc in tandem with 2-11 and 4-15 respectively.
Brisbane North was in trouble at 8-91, but recovered somewhat, thanks mainly to an unconquered 47 from No. 10 Ben Hayter.
SEQ coach Dennis Schaefer said they bowled "exceptionally well" as a team with Harrison Wilton leading the charge with 3-37 and fellow openers Tom Eyley (2-46), off-spinner Lachlan Brennan, with 2-13 from 11 overs, and Kaelum Fairhurst (2-14) also among the wickets.
But apart from Fairhurst, with a fine 67 at No. 5, and opener Dylan Sloane (26), they struggled with the bat, and in the end, they limped home with just three wickets in hand.
Brisbane spinner Brock McLaughlan mopped up the tail in his 5-16 from 7.5 overs, also being the main destroyer in a collapse of 8-37.