Knock sets platform for Bundy win

ACROSS The Waves young star English import Oliver Hardaker, featured in a strong team performance as Bundaberg kicked off its Wide Bay Under-19 Championships title defence with a 60-run victory over Fraser Coast in Maryborough on Sunday.

Hardaker, who set a world record for the highest score in a one-day match with 329 in May, scored 50 in a total of 5-238.

A part-time bowler, he also came on and mopped up the tail, claiming the last two wickets with successive balls in his only over as the hosts were dismissed for 178.

Every other batsman was also among the runs, with No. 5 Daniel Faulkner (47) and opener Callum Stitt (42) the other notable scorers.

The work-load with the ball was also shared around, with 10 bowlers used and all of them doing the job well, headed by under-16 all-round gun Matt Gavin (2-13), paceman Dean Marles (2-18) and pint-sized spinner Boyd Smith (2-39).

Meanwhile, Bundaberg will start its quest to reclaim the Open Goodchild Trophy when they take on Gympie, who beat them in last year's decider, in the Gold City.

Veteran David Jones, in his first full season for seven years, has been named to captain the side which includes Travis Henke, Brendan Prossliner, Steven Nichols, Hardaker, Jarrod Laycock, Sean Stuchbery, Nathan Sarnadsky, Chris Duff, Trent Prossliner and Rhys Grills.

Bundaberg will also have seven representatives in the Wide Bay team which will contest the Queensland Schools Open Championships in Mackay, starting Sunday – Faulkner (North), Stitt (Bundy High), Shalom's Gavin, Ben Lanskey and Steven Grogan, and St Luke's Warwick Hawes and Miles Donovan.

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