Sunshine Coast Scorchers and Far North Fusion will each be chasing their first Queensland Country Cricket Bulls Masters Youth Cup title when they meet in the final of the showpiece event at Salter Oval this morning
Each have maintained their perfect carnival records with their fourth victories from as many matches against Darling Downs Suns and Mackay-Whitsunday Nitros yesterday.
After blowing Central Queensland Seamers away by eight wickets on Tuesday with leg spinner Charlie Moore coming to the fore with 5-19, the Scorchers again proved far too good for Darling Downs in the Pool A top of the table showdown yesterday, triumphing by nine wickets with paceman and carnival leading wicket-taker Jared Jackson snaring 4-24 to take his haul to 15 at a frugal average of 5.27, and Charlie chiming in with 3-28.
Riley Jobson has featured with the bat in both of those matches with scores of 45 and 28 respectively, taking his tally to 167 at an average of 41.75, behind only Suns Master Blaster Chace Oates, who smashed a carnival-high 174 on Monday but was one of Jared’s three big scalps yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Fusion trounced South East Queensland Stormers by 63 runs on Tuesday, before overpowering the previously unbeaten Mackay-Whitsunday Nitros in their T20 match that night, but they had to dig deep to hold on for a 30-run victory in their 50-over rematch with the Nitros yesterday.
Cairns Paceman Seth McGinty continued his excellent form across those three games with 3-29, 2-8 and 3-41 respectively, to take him to equal-second on the wicket takers’ list, now with 13 at 8.31 apiece, behind Jared Jackson, after having been the leading wicket-taker at the Queensland under-12 championships four years ago.
Wide Bay Flames’ Stewart McArthur also has 13 wickets to his credit for the four days so far after shining with 6-46 in a losing side against Nitros on Tuesday, and again cutting loose with 4-14 as the Flames returned to the winners’ list against Stormers yesterday.
Kori Pope was the batting star against Stormers yesterday with a classy 57, taking him to 138 @ 34.5 for the series to be the fourth leading run getter to date.
Fellow Bundaberg representative, paceman Jayden Santacaterina also made his mark yesterday with 4-21.
In other matches yesterday, the Seamers bounced back from their tough day on Tuesday to continue the winless North Queensland Monsoon’s misery with a 92-run drubbing of them.
No. 3 Luke Sanderson, who hails from Biloela but is now a boarding student at Ipswich Grammar and whose father Paul was a rugby league star for the Bundaberg Grizzlies in the Queensland Cup in that competition’s foundation year in 1996 and in the Bundaberg Rugby League in the following year, came in after they lost a wicket on the first ball, and he carried his bat for the rest of the innings with eight fours in a classy unbeaten 103 from 143 balls.
He led Central to an imposing total of 7-272, which was always beyond the Monsoon’s reach, and they were bowled out for 180 despite a fighting 51 from Ben Ramsbotham, with Kori Ramsden taking the bowling honours with 3-34, but Luke chipping in with two late wickets, finishing with 2-22.
Today’s final and the play-offs between the second, third and fourth placed teams from the two Pools, are all T20 matches, starting at 8am, and spectators are welcome to come and watch some of the rising stars of Country Cricket in action.
Darling Downs Suns 229 (11 wickets) (Kye Martin 39, Chace Oates 38, Fletcher Russell 33, Kingsley Cameron 3/29, Lachlan Hutchings 3/52, Kai Adami 2/28) d North Qld Monsoon 11/89 (Kye Martin 2/12, Thisaja Samarawickrama 2/16, Cooper Webster 2/20).
Mackay-Whitsunday Nitros 202 (11 wickets) (Ben Schembri 62, Cooper Spencer 30, Stewart McArthur 6/46, Jayden Santacaterina 2/31, B Loveridge 2/32) d Wide Bay Flames 10/197(cc) (Nathan Roderick 35, Kai Pope 28, Haiden Mellifont 3/25, Kayne Smith 2/41).
Far North Fusion 228 (Aiden Firman 53, Alex Nasser 27, Zak Smith 3/25, Caden Careswell 3/41) d South East Qld Stormers 10/165 (Caden Careswell 30, Neill Evetts 30, Seth McGinty 3/29, Will Hanlon 2/15, Brody Zanetich 2/22).
Sunshine Coast Scorchers 3/104 (Riley Jobson 45, Alex Lee 36no, Kori Ramsden 2/55) d Central Qld Seamers 102 (Kori Ramsden 31, Luke Sanderson 30, Charlie Moore 5/19, Elias Cottrell 2/26).
Night T20: Far North Fusion 2/84 (Aiden Firman 37, Will Hanlon 26no) d Mackay-Whitsunday Nitros 83 (Brody Zanetich 3/16, Seth McGinty 2/8, Will Hanlon 2/13).
Far North Fusion 7/181(cc) (Will Hanlon 46no, Alex Nasser 45, Kayne Smith 2/22, Nic Beardmore 2/30) d Mackay-Whitsunday Nitros 10/151 (Haiden Mellifont 32, Ben Schembri 27, Will Hanlon 3/12, Seth McGinty 3/41, Aidan Beach 2/30).
Central Qld Seamers 7/272(cc) (Luke Sanderson 103no, Rory Connor 34, Liam Welsh 33, Sam Young 31) d North Qld Monsoon 10/180 (Ben Ramsbotham 51, Kori Ramsden 3/34, Ben Van Bael 2/15, Luke Sanderson 2/22).
Wide Bay Flames 5/139 (Kori Pope 57, Nathan Roderick 27, Zak Smith 3/40) d South East Qld Stormers 133 (Riley Possingham 48, Stewart McArthur 4/14, Jayden Santacaterina 4/21).
Sunshine Coast Scorchers 2/114 (Alex Lee 37no, Liam Johnson 31no, Riley Jobson 28) d Darling Downs Suns 111 (Jared Jackson 4/24, Charlie Moore 3/28, Elias Cottrell).
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