Burnett trio in form at Bundaberg comp
THREE youngsters represented South Burnett at an under-15 development carnival in Bundaberg earlier this month, to get a feel for what it takes at the representative level.
Matt Geary, Riley Christoffel and former South Burnett junior Hayden Beresford joined a combined playing group which included Bundaberg and Wide Bay players.
It proved a difficult carnival for the young side, with teams from South-East Queensland and Gold Coast particularly spending far longer together as a group ahead of the five-day carnival.
Day one saw an impressive SEQ team chase down SB's11/191 with relative ease.
Hayden and Matt were some of the standouts with the bat for the losing side, making 21 and 26 respectively. Hayden was just as impressive with the ball, claiming one wicket for just 18 runs from his five overs against a stacked SEQ batting line-up.
Eventual winners Gold Coast showed why they were favourites on day two, bowling SB out for 39 before chasing down the total without losing a wicket.
Hayden claimed three scalps in a loss to Darling Downs on the third day of competition, with many commenting on Riley's fielding as critical to keeping South Burnett in the contest.
A narrow loss to SEQ in the opening T20 game showed the team had come a long way from the first day of competition.
Facing the rampant Gold Coast side in the second T20 match, South Burnett managed to restrict the south coasters to 7/138.
Unfortunately the good work in the field could not be followed with the bat, managing 5/68 from their 20 overs.
After a long week of very little reward for effort, the final match against Darling Downs proved a thrilling conclusion to the carnival.
After DD posted 4/103, South Burnett responded with their first successful run chase to claim a last-gasp victory with just three balls remaining.
Hayden added another wicket to his carnival tally, while Riley and Matt both contributed with the bat and on the field in a team-driven performance.
Wide Bay Cricket administrator Michelle Newton said the carnival was a chance for the players to experience a higher level of cricket than what they could expect in their local competitions.
"It was a new experience for the players, the whole idea of the carnival was to give kids the opportunity that haven't been selected in rep games to experience that,” Newton said.
"It's very hard in a carnival to match development teams against one another because different areas have different skill levels and resources, but I though our boys did very well.
"Even just the individual improvements - they'd set targets each day and achieve that on the next day. To see the boys achieve those individual goals as the week went on was fantastic.”
Newton added a win on the final day was just desserts for the effort her team put in over the carnival.