The QLD Infernos have continued their strong hold over the QLD U16 Male State Challenge completing a hat-trick of titles after defeating QLD Burners at Redlands Cricket Club.
The Infernos are made up of players predominantly from the Gold Coast, South East Queensland and Darling Downs and have won this Championship in each of its’ three years.
The QLD Burners fought hard today and made the Infernos work very hard for their eventual 30 run victory.
After winning the toss the Infernos had to chip away for their runs and found themselves in trouble at 5/75 midway through the innings.
Will Trigar joined his captain Hugo Burdon and the pair of Queensland representatives combined for a crucial 78 run partnership, with both eventually dismissed for 39 runs apiece.
Fellow Queensland player Will Sanders returned for his second spell and the quick bowler removed both Trigar and Burdon to help set about a quick finish to the innings.
The Infernos were eventually dismissed for 184 runs with Sanders finishing with 4/30, while left-arm wrist spinner Ryan Walker took 1/20 from his 10 overs in playing a crucial roll to tie up an end.
The target was always going to prove a challenge with both sides locked in an even contest through the Lunch break, however the Burners hit trouble early with opener Connor Carroll run out without scoring.
Mitch Pascoe (4) quickly followed him with Harrison Weir finding the top of off stump before Dylan Kritzinger (23) launched an impressive counter-attack.
It took a ripping yorker from Riley Bichel to remove Kritzinger with the ball tailing late to hit the base of leg stump leaving the Infernos at 3/37.
Will Sanders (14) came and went quickly as the introduction of Trigar to the bowling attack produced the wicket and the pressure was right on the Burners middle order.
Ryan Walker (24) and Jet Liebke (21) proved there was still fire in the Burners with a 41 run partnership that got them right back in the contest, however a run out and then wicket to Trigar (2/34) eventually set the Infernos towards their victory.
Captain Hugo Burdon capped a fine individual performance with two late wickets as the Infernos dismissed the Flames for 154 in the 47th over.
In the 3rd-place Play Off Match the QLD Blaze proved too strong for regional rivals QLD Flames with a 96 run victory.
While no batsman passed 50 most contributed to give the Blaze a strong total of 201, which was lifted to 211 after the Umpire’s applied a 10 run penalty against the Flames due to a slow over rate.
Blaze opening batsmen Jed Wilson (26) and Danny Young (24) posted 48 for the first wicket which allowed the middle order to build from a strong platform.
The Blaze today ensured they didn’t lost wickets in bundles with Joseph Rangiah scoring 29 before Nick McGill top-scored with 34 runs.
North Queensland bowler Harrison Swindley took 3/36 to give him 7 wickets for the Championship, placing him amongst the leading wicket takers.
The Flames made a disastrous start to the run chase losing both opening batsmen without scoring and slumped to 3/14 early.
The middle order of Bingen Balanzategui (21), Archer Halliday (23) and Nick Laffey (33) all made starts but the side missed out on the big partnerships required.
Leg-spinner Dylan McAteer (3/36) and Rangiah (3/18) picked up regular wickets as the Blaze produced a fine all-round display to dismiss the Flames for 115 runs.
Burners all-rounder Will Sanders, who represents Brisbane North and University of Queensland Cricket Club, was named Player of the Tournament for his 7 wickets across the games (equal leading wicket-taker) and 49 runs from two innings.
The Queensland Cricket Selection Panel will announce an extended Under 17 winter training squad in the coming weeks ahead of the National Championships in late September.