Stattan the difference for Bundy
COUNTRY Wests swing king Kyle Stattan took five wickets that helped offset a poor batting performance and salvage victory for Bundaberg in the under-19s representative showdown against Gympie.
Stattan led the way in a strong bowling performance by Bundaberg on Sunday, as Gympie were bowled out for just 134 in the one-day representative match at Salter Oval.
In his 10 overs, Stattan took 5-31, claiming the key wickets of opening batsman Brendan Mahaffey (12 runs) and number three Dan McCarthy (4), in his first two overs.
Across the Waves left-arm swing bowler Mitchell Waters chimed-in with two wickets, while Waves off-spinner Chris Duff also bagged a double.
But despite the strong performance from the bowling attack, a victory was not assured for the home Bundaberg side.
Strong on paper, the batting attack of Bundaberg never found its feet against Gympie’s bowling attack.
Opener Luke Gear took two wickets in his first two overs, including the coveted scalp of captain Zac Keune, as Bundaberg looked shaky from the start.
Gympie’s Brendan Mahaffy also caused havoc for Bundaberg, taking three wickets in six overs.
The captain’s performance mirrored that of his batting team-mates as he mustered just 10 runs, and his side fell to 6-60 at one point.
But a heroic half-ton from Dean Marles rescued Bundaberg from an embarrassing defeat.
Coming in at six, Marles stabilised the innings and brought up his half-century with a four on his second-last ball.
Chris Duff hit the final delivery for four to bring his team’s total to 134 and ensure Bundaberg’s three-wicket win over Gympie.