SEQ claims carnival title as Bundy four shine
SOUTH-EAST Queensland (SEQ) has won the Shaefer Trophy nine points clear of Bundaberg after five days of competition in the Under-15 development carnival at Salter Oval.
The final day of competition yesterday saw the six teams take to field for the T20 games and SEQ was able to retain the lead they'd accumulated in the first four days of competition with a win over Darling Downs South West Queensland (DD-SWQ).
SEQ's Jack Sims topped scored, racing to 50 off just 43 balls before he was caught by Hamish Tyler off the bowling of Will Ambrose.
Sims' runs help set up the win with Thomas Jackson skittling DD-SWQ's tail end, taking four wickets in just 1.4 overs to have them all out for 114 in return, well short of SEQ's147-run total.
Another impressive knock with the bat saw Bundaberg Cricket Academy's (BCA) Kye Leggett race to 47 off 37 balls as his side posed 104 for Wide Bay to chase.
But BCA's Brady Thompson and Elliott Hoffman combined to claim five wickets between them as Wide Bay fell to be all out for 88.
In the highest-scoring games, Joel Saunders (71) and Jesse Richards (56) opened with the batting as Bundaberg posted 176 for the Gold Coast team to try and beat.
Mitch Tripp did his best to chase the total, finishing not out on 67, but in the end they could reach it, falling 19 runs short on 157.
Four Bundaberg players more than impressed selectors earning them a spot in the merit team: Elliott Hoffman, Kye Leggett and Joe Williams from the Bundaberg Cricket Academy were joined by Sam Pearson from the Bundaberg side.
Williams's strong performance behind the wickets all week earnt him the vice-captain honours, with DD-SWQ's Connor Van Dorsselaer named captain.
South East Queensland 7-147(J Sims 50; H Tyler 4-0-1-27, W Ambrose 4-0-2-27) d Darling Downs South West Queensland 11-114 (H Webb 36; J Freeman 4-0-2-17, J Whittaker 4-1-3-17, T Jackson 1.4-0-4-7)
Bundaberg Cricket Academy 11-104 (K Leggett 47; J Reck 2.4-0-3-10, F Humphries 4-0-3-21) d Wide Bay 11-88 (E Hoffman 4-0-2-14, B Thompson 4-0-3-14)
Bundaberg 6-176 (J Saunders 71, J Richardson 56; J Campbell 4-0-3-22) d Gold Coast 5-157 (M Tripp 67; J Richardson 4-0-2-26, J Larsen 4-0-2-29)