Queensland under-19 representative cricketer Zac Keune.
Queensland under-19 representative cricketer Zac Keune. Mike Knott

Qld performance keeps Zac on track

LIKE just about every other cricketer in Queensland, Zac Keune has had his season in his transition into Brisbane grade cricket wrecked by persistent rain over the past three months.

But the gifted 18-year-old, who is home in Bundaberg with his family for the Christmas-New Year period, is certain that he has made the right move, and he just wants to get out on the field again and show his wares.

Keune was chosen from his club Across The Waves to represent Queensland at school and association level throughout his junior career, and he also shone for the Maroons just about every time.

But after spending the past winter playing in England, the dynamic left-hander headed to Brisbane in September and signed with Sandgate.

He secured the First Grade No. 6 spot, but has played little cricket because of the rain.

“But in my last two bats, I have finished not out after going in when we were close to our target both times,” Keune said.

“It’s been frustrating but from a team perspective it’s been great, because Sandgate finished last last year but are coming fifth this season. We are looking to finish top four and make the finals for the first time for a few years.”

However, his undoubted highlight of an interrupted season was donning the Maroons’ cap again for the Australian under-19 championships in Brisbane earlier this month.

He was satisfied with his performances despite the carnival also being rained on.

“I had three bats, for 29 not out against Western Australia, whom we beat in a reduced 27-overs game after chasing down 140 with five down. I got a run a ball, which helped get us home,” Keune said.

“We also beat Tasmania. I opened the batting but got six in a game where my Sandgate teammate Corey Barsby scored 130.

“I also second-top-scored against Victoria with 29 but we didn’t go too well and we lost, and I did not bat against South Australia because we only lost one wicket.

“We finished fourth but in front of New South Wales, which was a bonus. Victoria ended up winning the title, but we only completed four games and Victoria and Western Australia managed to complete six games.”

Keune said moving to Brisbane had been brilliant for his cricket, and that his employer had been very good to him, allowing him to fit his training three times a week and playing commitments in with his work as a bar attendant at a hotel.

“I have definitely improved and my game has gone from strength to strength, except the weather hasn’t helped, of course,” he said.

Keune is hoping the rain stays away when fixtures resume on January 8.

His next representative goal is to get a game for the Queensland Academy of Sport, with Barsby and another teammate, Michael Simmers, already having made that step.

Keune is not planning to return to England next winter but might do so in 2012.

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