Zac Keune is proud of his efforts after leading Queensland to victory over New South Wales.
Zac Keune is proud of his efforts after leading Queensland to victory over New South Wales. RON BURGIN

Keune leads the way in Qld win

ACROSS the Waves star Zac Keune has helped snap an 11-year drought for Queensland by captaining his state to victory over New South Wales.

A proud Keune returned to Bundaberg yesterday full of confidence after scoring the winning runs in Queensland’s first three-day win over New South Wales since 1998.

“It was a great feeling,” Keune said yesterday.

“Not only to be part of the first team to win since 1998, but to be captain and score the winning runs was more than I could have asked for.”

The last captain to lead Queensland to victory over New South Wales was Shane Watson.

Yesterday, Watson opened the batting for Australia in the second test against West Indies.

“It’s not a bad list to be a part of,” the Bundaberg Christian College student said.

Keune showed strong form for Queensland, falling just short of a half-century in the first innings, scoring 43 runs, and an unbeaten 29 in the second innings as his side cruised to victory.

Queensland also played New South Wales in a one-dayer at the Sydney Cricket Grounds.

His team did not emerge victorious on the scoreboard, but Keune conceded it would be difficult to describe the experience as a loss.

“Just to be there, to go in the changing rooms and be surrounded by so much history was great,” he said.

“And to lead Queensland out in a match against New South Wales at the SCG, not many people say they’ve done that.”

If the rising star had one regret about the experience it was that he did not get to raise his bat at making a half century.

Keune appeared to be on his way to 50 in the one-dayer before he was run out on 44.

“It would have been nice to get that, but I can’t be too disappointed,” he said.

Meanwhile, fellow Bundaberg batsmen Steve Nichols made the most of his experience playing for Queensland Country this week.

Struggling with a cold and the after-effects of a week at schoolies Nichols was not at his batting best in a mixed week against Queensland Under-17s.

His side won the one-day match, but lost in a two-day match.



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