Mann, Stitt star in annihilation
BUNDABERG dominated an under-strength Fraser Coast to win the Wide Bay Under-19 cricket grand final by seven wickets at Salter Oval yesterday.
Fraser Coast, which was without the services of Alex Beatty, Tom Freshwater, Matt Burgess and Matt Cornelius, batted first and made 132.
Bundaberg cruised to victory on the back of an outstanding innings of 64 by Callum Stitt and was 3-133 when the total was eclipsed.
With the ball, Deon Mann was the star and after his five economical overs he had the figures of 3-12.
With such a small target to chase the opening pair of Stitt and Ben Lanskey got to work and established a century partnership before Stitt's wicket fell.
It was small consolation for Fraser Coast as with the batting power of the likes of Boyd Smith and Steven Grogan yet to come the game was over.
Bundaberg's other multiple wicket taker, William Holloway said the team was glad to get back-to-back titles and it was the opening pair that set the win up for Bundaberg.
"The way we won was a bit surprising because Fraser Coast had been a very good team all season so far," Holloway said.
"It was a really good effort, we bowled and batted very well.
"For Callum Stitt and Ben Lanskey to get 100 without losing a wicket was a great effort."
For the defeated Fraser Coast team, Curtis Everitt was the best with the bat and Rohan Dwyer took all three Bundaberg scalps.
Fraser Coast captain Nich- olas Wyvill said when an early chance was taken by Bundaberg he knew they would have to fight hard, but the hosts were too good.
"We might have had a few boys out but we dug deep and unfortunately came second," Wyvill said.
"When Duncan Sperling was run out early it was going to be tough and Bundaberg was too strong.
"The pitch played well and the outfield was fast but we didn't bat well enough."
Under-19 grand final
Bundaberg 3-133 (Callum Stitt 64, Rohan 3-0-3-21) d Fraser Coast 132 (Curtis Everitt 49, Nick Wyvill 39, Deon Mann 5-0-3-12, William Holloway 8-0-2-28)