SEQ dominate at Salter Oval
SOUTH East Queensland dominated the South Queensland Conference Open Age Championships Schaeffer Shield in Salter Oval on the weekend.
Not only did they win the prestigious Shield, but they also had six players chosen in the SQ side which will take on North Queensland in an annual duel that also doubles as a selection trial for the Queensland team for the Australian Country Championships.
Sean Fitzsimmons, who led from the front for them at the carnival, was named as captain with teammates Craig Mitchell, Jack O'Keefe, Jacob Sarra, Steve Heise and James Julius also gaining the selectors' nod.
Defending champions Wide Bay finished a creditable second and had two players chosen in the SQ side – Bundaberg opening batsman Travis Henke and Fraser Coast paceman Ashley Renouf.
SEQ wrapped up the title with a big 104-run victory over Wide Bay and a methodical six-wicket triumph over the President's XI.
They were in early trouble against Wide Bay, stumbling to 2-12 and at one stage, they were 5-105, but they recovered magnificently to be all out for 330, thanks mainly to No.4 Mitchell who fell six runs short of a deserved century, and No.7 Fitzsimmons, who smashed six sixes and 12 fours in his 120.
Many Wide Bay batsmen made starts but none were able to go on with the job. They were finally dismissed for 226 with Ryan Armstrong the leading wicket-taker for SEQ with 3-42.
SEQ lost four wickets for 21 in its second innings but it made no difference.
Yesterday, the President's men managed a competitive total of 212 against them despite a haul of 6-41 by Steve Heise.
However SEQ lost just four wickets in achieving their target in the 45th over with Ryan Armstrong leading the way with 70.
Wide Bay bounced back to defeat Darling Downs Country, whom they restricted to 8-197 despite another good innings of 82 from Andrew Mackenzie.
The host zone then replied with 4-313, with Andrew Batton topscoring with 82, Henke ensuring his place in the SQ side for the second year in a row with 79 and captain Shane Muller finishing unbeaten on 69.
Another highlight of the Shield was a superb 119 by President's No.6 Simon Dennis in the victory over Darling Downs Country on Saturday. The powerful display included seven sixes and 11 fours.
Darling Downs Country took out the under-17 McPherson Shield which was also hosted by Bundaberg over the two days.
But six Wide Bay players gained SQ selection, including Bundaberg trio of Matthew Gavin, Ben Lanskey and Callum Stitt, and Alex Barry, Tom Freshwater and Callum Stitt.
South Queensland: Sean Fitzsimmons (SEQ), Travis Henke (WB), Craig Mitchell (SEQ), Jack O'Keefe (SEQ), Ashley Renouf (WB), Matthew Dennis (P), Andrew Mackenzie (DDCo), Jacob Sarra (SEQ), Steve Heise (SEQ), Simon Dennis (P), Brendan Jones (P), James Julius (SEQ).
Saturday: President's XII 7-319 (Simon Dennis 119, Brendan Jones 60, Adam May 8-0-43-2, Toby Wass 7-0-57-2) d Darling Downs & South West Country 6-235 (Daniel Faulkner 79, Andrew Mackenzie 67, Adam May 45, Shaun McCarthy 10-2-32-2, Simon Dennis 10-3-44-2); SEQ 330 (Sean Fitzsimmons 120, Craig Mitchell 94, Ashley Renouf 9-0-47-3, Ashley Sippel 9-1-42-2, Shane Muller 8-0-58-2) & 4-21 (Trent Prossliner 2-0-12-3) d Wide Bay 226 (Andrew Batton 55, Ashley Sippel 40no, Ryan Armstrong 10-0-42-3).
Sunday: SEQ 4-216 (Ryan Armstrong 70, Jack O'Keefe 68, Eddie Butcher 9-0-40-2) d President's XII 212 (Matthew Dennis 68, Steve Heise 10-1-41-6); Wide Bay 4-313 (Andrew Batton 82, Travis Henke 79, Shane Muller 69no, Adam May 6-0-35-2) d Darling Downs Country 8-197 (Andrew Mackenzie 82, Daniel Faulkner 33, Sean Stuchbery 5-1-21-2, Brendan Prossliner 7-2-27-2, Ashley Renouf 8-0-46-2).