Coast defeated in cricket final
THE FRASER Coast let the chance of winning a representative cricket final slip through their fingers at Salter Oval in the Rum City.
Dropped catches proved to be the difference between winning and losing the final of the annual Wide Bay Cricket under 19 Shield competition against Bundaberg.
Bundaberg won by 92 runs but it could have been a different result had the chances offered been taken by the Fraser Coast fielders.
Bundaberg batted first in the 50 overs a team clash and scored 284, a total that would have been a lot less had the Fraser Coast slips cordon held onto the edges that came their way.
Batsman Steve Nichols really made the Chris Hughes-coached Fraser Coast pay for their mistakes.
He blasted 142 off 115 balls, an innings that included four sixes, after being dropped three times in the slips early in his innings.
It was the second time Nichols had scored a century against the Fraser Coast in the competition this year after he smashed 136 in the round one clash at Urangan’s Keith Dunne Oval.
Despite all the carnage around him in the final, 15-year-old Fraser Coast bowler Tom Freshwater, can hold his head up high after returning impressive figures of five for 32.
Aiden Worth also starred with the ball, taking four for 44.
In reply, the Fraser Coast were all-out for 192.
Captain Sam Chew (64), Greg Knox (24) and Luke Beatty (21) were the best of the batsmen.
Not surprisingly, coach Hughes said it hadn’t been the best of catching displays.
“They say catches win matches but we didn’t take ours – we only have ourselves to blame,” Hughes said.
“That was disappointing because we bowled really well.”