Fraser Coast seals last ball win over Bundy
A DRAMATIC finish to the Goodchild Trophy match has cost Bundaberg a spot in the final after the Fraser Coast scored the two runs it needed off the last ball of the day.
With Bundaberg and Fraser Coast vying for a spot in the final against Gympie, Bundaberg only had to draw to make it through and the match could have been tied up at 294 runs a piece.
But when Bundaberg wicket keeper Joel Saunders decided to throw the ball at the stumps as Fraser Coast's Steve Collins and Alex Beatty made a dash between the wickets, he instead hit the batsman's glove and the ball deflected away from the fielder backing up, allowing Fraser Coast to pick up extra runs and get away with the win
Bundaberg coach Noel Stitt said to lose the match was disappointing, but the young side would learn a lot from the result.
"Most of the players probably haven't been in a situation where it comes right down to the wire like that," he said.
"Many of the players are 18-21 years old and the majority are playing Division 1 in Bundaberg so they'll take that experience into their games here."
Stitt said the Bundaberg side had batted well to reach 295 runs, with Steven Grogan top scoring with 101 runs and Warwick Hawes (46) and Matt Fulton's (84) offering plenty of support.
But Stitt said inconsistent bowling allowed Fraser Coast to chase down the score.
"It was a good score but we needed to bowl good line and length but it was too short at times," he said.
"Of our bowlers Chris Duff was probably the most economical."
A number of Bundaberg's players will get a second chance at securing Wide Bay honours when the Bundaberg under-19 side takes on Gympie in February.
Fraser Coast 7-296 (P Saunders 107, T Andrews 61, S Collins 41, S Chew 33; M Waters 9-0-3-71, D Krebs 8-0-3-51) d Bundaberg 4-294 (S Grogan 101, M Fulton 84,W Hawes 46; M Hawkins 5-0-2-25)