Wide Bay claimed the South Queensland Country Under-18 Don McPherson Shield for the first time in years in Maryborough on Sunday after Darling Downs and South West Queensland (DDSWQ) scored two runs on the last ball to defeat the previously unbeaten Sunshine Coast in their match.
In the wash-up, Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay both finished with two wins and one loss, but with incentive points added, the Flames prevailed on 18.88 from the Coast on 18.12, with DDSWQ on 13.41 and South East Queensland (SEQ) on 13.37.
Saturday’s games were 30-overs per side, and Wide Bay lost their first match to the Coast, scoring 5-159 with Bundaberg’s opener Kori Pope the second-top scorer with 31, before Sunshine Coast achieved a two-wicket victory with one over to spare despite a superb 4-33 from Bundaberg’s pace spearhead Jayden Santacaterina, and two other locals also chipping in with one wicket each, fellow opener and Lachlan Heycox (1-32) and Matthew Parker (1-14).
Wide Bay bounced back later in the day against DDSWQ, who amassed 9-152 with Lachlan Heycox snaring 2-26 and second change Toby Lamond grabbing the first two scalps in his 2-23.
The Flames raged to a seven-wicket victory with 7.1 overs to spare, led by Kori with a superb 53 from just 50 balls, and Maryborough No. 3 Curtis Farrell, with an unconquered 65 from a mere 46 balls.
Sunday’s matches were 40 overs per team, and SEQ compiled 8-146 against Wide Bay, with Jayden (1-31) and Lachlan (1-18) again among the wickets, before the Bay reached their target for the loss of five wickets with six overs to go, with Kori laying the platform with 45, Toby chipping in with 23, and Bundaberg’s other representative in the team, Beau Marshman, finishing unbeaten on 17.
Locally, Takalvans Taipans claimed their first win of the season in Aussie Bundy Big Bash last Friday, cruising to an eight-wicket victory over Searle’s RV Centre Vikings with Paul Jagger (3-13) and Luke Solano, with an unbeaten 32, leading the charge.
The Vikings, who are now out of final contention, will be aiming to end their season on a high note when they take on reigning champions Headlands Pies at Salter Oval tonight at 6.30pm.
There were two lop-sided results in the Rum City Foods Division 1 Premiership on Saturday, with Brothers flogging East Bundy Magpies by 184 runs with Arden Lankowski leading the batting charge with 67 and 16-year-old Division 2 player Nicholas Clarke claiming his first Division 1 scalp before going on to mop up the tail and finish with 5-11.
Waves thrashed a depleted Norths by nine wickets with captain and spinner Chris Duff leading from the front with 4-13.
Tomorrow at 11am, Waves will meet Brothers, hoping to reverse their loss to them in the Tallon-Giles Trophy match three weeks ago, and Norths must beat East to keep their title defence hopes alive.
Bundaberg will meet South Burnett in the last round of the Wide Bay Open Goodchild Shield at Salter Oval Sunday, starting at 9 am.
Three times defending champions Brothers United Firesticks downed Terrors 7-1 in their A Grade Ladies clash on Saturday when Coral Coast Softball fixtures resumed after the Christmas recess.
It was a bad day all-around for Terrors who backed up to also go down to last-placed Western Suburbs Panthers 8-3.
In A Grade Men’s, Brothers United Heat were on fire, white-washing reigning premiers Waves Schooners 12-0, while Terrors consolidated the competition lead at the expense of cellar dwellers Bargara Bombers 7-0.
Tomorrow, Firesticks have a double-header at Brothers Sports Complex, taking on run-away leaders Waves Tsunamis at 12.30pm, before backing up against Panthers at 2.20pm.
In the A Grade Men’s division, Schooners have a rematch with Heat, and Terrors do battle with Bombers, both at 4.10pm.
Highly successful Nanango husband and wife team of Glenn (trainer) and Hannah (jockey) have a great chance of a double at the Rum City Foods Bundaberg Race Day, which is also a TAB meeting, on a bumper six-race card at Thabeban Park tomorrow, with I am Fearless (Benchmark 60 Handicap) and Fastnet Jack (Benchmark 50).
Apprentice Shania Willis also has two excellent prospects in Daunting Warrior, which is one of Wondai gun Kym Afford’s four runners in the Open Handicap, and Maverick Henry for champion Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner in the Benchmark 45.
Queenslander looks the best chance from powerful Mackay trainer John Manzelmann’s big team at the meet, in the Class 2, while last-start Thangool runner-up Madancer appeals for Rockhampton trainer Laurie Clem in the Maiden Plate.
Here are all the scores from the weekend:
AUSSIE BUNDY BIG BASH
Takalvans Taipans 2/102 (L Solano 32*, M Loader 30) def Searle's RV Centre Vikings 7/101(cc) (P Jagger 3/13).
RUM CITY FOODS DIVISION 1 PREMIERSHIP
Waves 1/87 (K Stallan 36*) def Norths 85 (C Duff 4/13, C Neubecker 2/11, H Pope 2/16).
Brothers 7/245(cc) (A Lankowski 67, M Parsons 66, L Solano 28, B Davey 3/36, L Donovan 2/55) def East Bundy Magpies 61 (N Clarke 5/11, C Carroll 2/4, J Haaksma 2/23).
RUM CITY FOODS DIVISION 2 PREMIERSHIP
East Bundy Magpies 7/122 (P Mudalige 59, R Jensen 27, A Weeks 4/11, S Heycox 2/28) def Brothers 9/120(cc) (J Welsh 48, A Richardson 5/19, R Jensen 2/19).
Waves 220 (R Bailey-Rasmussen 69, D Unwin 46, J Munro 32, S Pinney 3/41, J Hyde 3/48) def Norths 82 (J Balaam 33, L McLellan 3/4, S Stuchbery 3/28, J Wormington 2/28).
RUM CITY FOODS DIVISION 3 PREMIERSHIP
YMCA 7/189 (B Woodward 50*, R Felstead 32*, J Grigg 31, J Haack 4/21, A Porter 2/35) def Brothers 7/188(cc) (J McInnes 89, A Porter 27, L Webster 3/27).
East Bundy Magpies 181 (P Wingfield 5/52, A Smith 2/15, S Murton 2/31) def Isis 9/112(cc) (S Rehbein 49).
SOFTBALL CORAL COAST
A GRADE LADIES
BROTHERS UNITED FIRESTICKS 7 d TERRORS 1; WESTERN SUBURBS PANTHERS 8 d TERRORS 3.
B GRADE LADIES
WAVES TIDAL WAVES 15 d WESTERN SUBURBS COUGARS 0; BARGARA BANDITS 11 d TERRORS BLUE 1; WAVES BREAKERS 16 d WAVES SEASHELLS 7; MISFITS 8 d BROTHERS UNITED CROSSFIRE 5; WESTERN SUBURBS PUMAS 6 d BROTHERS UNITED INFERNO 5.
A GRADE MEN
BROTHERS UNITED HEAT 12 d WAVES SCHOONERS 0; TERRORS 7 d BARGARA BOMBERS 0.
B GRADE MEN
BARGARA BULLS 10 d WAVES CRUISERS 8; WAVES CUTTERS 8 drew TERRORS B 8; BARGARA BULLS 10 d BROTHERS UNITED FLAME 2.
WAVES WAVERIDERS 12 d TERRORS 9; WESTERN SUBURBS LIONS d BARGARA BRONCS ON FORFEIT; BROTHERS UNITED TNT 13 d WAVES DRIFTERS 3.
WESTERN SUBURBS TIGERS 13 d BARGARA BANDICOOTS 12; BROTHERS UNITED BLAZE 10 d WAVES RIPTIDES 4; TERRORS 12 d WAVES TORPEDOES 3.
BROTHERS UNITED SPARKS 7 d TERRORS 0.
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