Matthew Rook, making his debut for the Fraser Coast, turns for another run against Bundaberg on Sunday.
Matthew Rook, making his debut for the Fraser Coast, turns for another run against Bundaberg on Sunday. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Fraser Coast collapse under Bundy

BUNDABERG came ready to play when they took on the Fraser Coast in the Goodchild Shield at Urangan on Sunday, scoring 283 runs.

Bundaberg batsman Zac Keune was dominant, scoring 104 runs off 91 balls while Bundaberg skipper Jarrod Laycock also showed his skills with the bat, scoring 63 runs off 56 balls.

The Fraser Coast side got off to a great start in reply and were 70-0 at one stage.

By the time the Fraser Coast got to a score of 82, however, they had lost seven wickets in the space of eight overs.

The team was then one for 79 and lost six wickets for the addition of only three runs.

The team was bowled out for 169 runs.

Fraser Coast allrounder Shane Muller said it was disappointing but the side was somewhat buoyed by the performance of Matt Rook, who scored 62 runs on debut.

“He did really well for his first outing.”

Muller was also impressed by Keune’s performance.

“At the end of the day he really showed his class.

“He was the big difference between the sides.”

Muller described the pitch as being more of a bowler’s pitch, despite Bundaberg’s score, and said the dry pitch was testimony to just how well Keune had played.

Steve Nichols was a standout bowler for the Bundaberg side, picking up four wickets for 12 runs but off-spinner Chris Duff was something of an unsung hero on the day.

Duff took two wickets for 18 runs but his last four overs were maidens and Nichols capitalised on the pressure that was created.

Chris Hughes bowled strongly for the Fraser Coast, taking four wickets for 33 runs.



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