Halliday a hero in Met North title
FERGUS Halliday produced a dynamic double as Metropolitan North claimed a tough win over Peninsula in the Queensland Schools 14 years and under Championships final yesterday.
After Aravinda Perera claimed two wickets in his opening spell, Halliday came on in the 14th over and spun his magic for 10 overs straight, claiming 4-25 and being primarily responsible for restricting Peninsula to a modest 7-133 from their 50 overs.
But after Peninsula openers David Coulthard and Stan Gaudion reduced the Metropolitan side to 4-24, No. 6 Halliday again came to the fore, with the bat, scoring 55 and combining in a crucial partnership of 84 with Oliver West (34).
Both departed in successive overs with still 22 runs needed, and Met North lost another wicket with still two required, but the script could not have been better written for Bundaberg born No. 9 Slater Asnicar, who hit the winning run.
Wide Bay's Sam Dennien, of Murgon, dominated the carnival individual awards, taking out the trophies for most runs with 199, most dismissals by a wicket-keeper with 13, and Best All Rounder, while Northern's Grant Russ claimed most wickets with 15.
But Met North dominated selections in the Queensland team to contest the nationals in Hobart in February with seven chosen.
Halliday and West made the cut, along with their imposing top three batsmen Jack Beath, Pat Dooley and Justin Francis, big hearted paceman Jordan Gentile and inspirational captain and batsman/keeper Luke Penberthy.
Met North 7-134 (Fergus Halliday 55, Oliver West 34, David Coulthard 10-3-23-4, Stan Gaudion 9-0-41-2) d Peninsula 7-133 (Cameron Griffin 26no, James Stoodley 26, Coulthard 21, Halliday 10-0-25-4, Aravinda Perera 7-3-13-2, Patrick Dooley 3-0-11-1).