Despite a strong showing with the bat and ball from Braydon Graham, Bundaberg slumped to a humiliating loss to South Burnett on Sunday.
Despite a strong showing with the bat and ball from Braydon Graham, Bundaberg slumped to a humiliating loss to South Burnett on Sunday. South Burnett Times

Soft dismissal

BUNDABERG'S shock dismissal from the Goodchild Trophy series has been labelled a “tragedy” by former Bundaberg Cricket Association president Herb Lutz.

The Goodchild Trophy holders’ hopes of retaining the prize were dashed on Sunday after another poor performance and dismal loss to South Burnett in Kingaroy.

“It’s a tragedy. I don’t know what went wrong but there is definitely a problem,” Lutz said.

Bundaberg, the dominant force on the Wide Bay representative scene, were woeful in the first two games of the series, losing at home to Gympie and long-time minnows South Burnett.

The team will have one last chance to salvage pride when it takes on Fraser Coast at Maryborough in December.

But any chances of contesting the final were thrown out of the window when South Burnett scored a 22-run win on the weekend.

The bowling attack did their bit, restricting South Burnett to 219 from their 50 overs, but the highly-rated Bundaberg batting line-up failed to fire once more.

“I can’t remember the last time Bundaberg did not contest the final and I have been involved in cricket for a long time,” said Lutz, a long-time president and selector until this year.

Selector Richie Giles, who travelled to Kingaroy as the team manager, was also disappointed with the loss.

But the Bundaberg Cricket Association secretary refrained from blaming the players who represented Bundaberg.

“It is frustrating when a lot of quality players are not available,” Giles said.

Key Bundaberg players Zac Keune and Steve Nichols were away on South Queensland duties, while others made themselves unavailable for representative honours earlier in the year.

“We approach players to see if they are eligible, but at the end of the day you have to respect their wishes,” Giles said.

The association ruled out enforcing representative availability for players, a stance Bundaberg Rugby League recently undertook.

Current president Les Bennett ruled out any overhaul of the selection process.

“I’m sure the players that were selected did the best job they could,” he said.

“It’s not the end of anything. It’s probably a good thing for Wide Bay cricket.”



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