Keune ready to take on the best
BUNDABERG teenager Zac Keune has proved his worth among the state's best young cricketers, scoring more runs than any player at the weekend's Queensland Under-19 School Championships in Toowoomba.
On a wet, seaming pitch, the St Luke's Anglican College senior scored 195 runs in three matches to secure a berth in the Queensland team.
“It was very rough going out there,” Keune said.
“None of the batsmen were able to get any runs, so to get a few big scores was very good.”
Keune will now go away with the Queensland team to play at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Keune's Queensland coach, Tom Franklin, said his success was a testament to his matured play.
“He certainly has all the shots and he has the ability to build an innings, which is important for a young bloke,” Franklin said.
“He is very determined and he will get the best out of himself if he stays positive about his cricket.”
Keune scored 46 runs in the first match of the tournament against South Coast.
He went on to make 79 on the second day against Met-West and 65 against Peninsula in the final game.
His side, which also boasted Bundaberg players Miles Donovan, Alistair Rathbone, Callum Stitt and Curtis Janke, came seventh in the tournament.
“It wasn't the best tournament for the team, but I think the players learnt a lot about what they have to do if they are going to step up to that level of competition,” Keune said.
The 17-year-old plans to finish the season with Across The Waves before heading to United Kingdom to play top flight cricket.
He hopes to play county cricket in either Hampshire or York before returning to Queensland to try and enter into the Queensland Bulls squad.
Franklin knows the chances of a young batsman going all the way are slim.
But he believes Keune's approach puts him on the right track to realise his dream of playing top flight cricket.
“To make top flight a lot of things have to happen and it's not a certainty for anyone,” he said.
“But if he can continue to approach his cricket with the attitude he does, he will give himself the best opportunity to make it.”
Keune will be part of the Wide Bay Open team that goes to Toowoomba for the Schaeffer Shield tournament this weekend.