Fulton a true warrior
THE annual Bundaberg Cricket Association Seven-a-Side Carnival at Salter Oval yesterday was some true blue Australia Day fun but it was also the stage for a rising super-star to showcase his prodigious talents and some non-players to display their skills.
School Sport Queensland 15 years representative Matt Fulton paved the way for an Across The Waves side to claim the Division 1 crown for the second year in a row.
The powerful right-hander took the award for most runs in the division leading into the final, plundering 160 from their four round-robin six-overs-per-side matches.
He then led the Warriors to their target of 66 in the decider against Mr Westie's Crew with a towering six on the third last ball, followed up with a three to finish unconquered on 39 from just 19 balls.
English import and world record holder for the highest score in a senior one-day match, Olly Hardaker, finished unbeaten on 23 in their six-wicket victory, but Fulton was the biggest star.
Mr Westie's had set a very competitive total with a solid team performance in which Steven Nichols top scored with 14, while the Warriors' five wickets were shared between another Fulton, English import Alex Lines, Peter Moore, Curtis Janke and another young gun Matt Gavin.
Westie's also bowled well, but while they took only one wicket early on, with Curtis Janke run out, they restricted the Warriors to the extent of needing 13 runs off the last over, and but for Fulton, they may have got the money.
For Queensland under-17 squad member Janke, he savoured playing along-side his father Bruce, a regular Division 4 player who did a good job as wicket-keeper.
Warriors scooped the Division 1 awards with Curtis Janke picking up the gong for most sixes with seven and Gavin taking most wickets with four.
Another Waves side, Wild Thing, held on to beat team Fresh in Division 2, 4-75 to 1-68.
Dale Beyer was a match-winner with 41, but the stand-out performer in the Division was Jarrod Laycock, playing for West is Best, plundering 17 sixes for the day and going berserk with 81 from 19 balls in one game.
Josh Meehan (43) and Rick Dallas (26) carried their bats as Old Boys amassed 0-75 in the Division 3 play-off, before they restricted Dad's Army to 3-50 with Artie Richardson grabbing 2-5.
BCA president Les Bennett was delighted with the event.
“It was good to see a lot of people here who aren't cricketers. It is all about fun and it's always a good advertisement for the game, and the new format on Australia Day itself instead of a weekend was probably a winner too,” Bennett said.