Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Darling Downs, SWQ on Track; but West and Lowney Steal the Show with Centuries

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Darling Downs, SWQ on Track; but West and Lowney Steal the Show with Centuries

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Byline: Vince Habermann

CRICKET: Brendan Buckley and Ben Itzstein co-starred as Darling Downs and South West Queensland (DDSWQ) laid claim to the Denis Schaefer Trophy on day four of the Bundaberg Under-15 Development Carnival yesterday.

They emerged as the only unbeaten side, inflicting Gold Coast's first loss, bowling them out for a modest 147 with Itzstein again outstanding with 3-18; then replying with 213 a opener Buckley guiding them to the brink of victory with 65.

But the biggest stars of the day were pocket-dynamos Brisbane North team-mates Oliver West and Samson Lowney, who struck twin centuries in a 84-run despatch of Bundaberg Maroon.

Bundaberg Maroon threw down the gauntlet, being bowled out in the last over for a very competitive 195, with No.7 Trent Seeds the last man out for the top score of 38, after opener Jared Paul had laid the platform with 34 and every other batsman also contributed.

But off-spin Lowney and fellow tweaker Francis Futcher mostly kept them in check with 3-57 and 3-21 respectively, although Seeds plundered 22 runs off Lowney's last over.

In their chase, the game was in the balance when West and Lowney came together at 2-51, but they took control and strung together a partnership of 226 before West was run out for 116 from 127 balls in the last over after despatching 13 fours.

Lowney remained unbeaten on 106 from 120 balls after hitting 11 fours and also picking up a five.

It was the second century for both 15-year-olds after each achieved their maiden tons about two years ago for their clubs Valley and Everton Comets respectively.

Both have had outstanding carnivals in a team which lost its first two games, with Lowney scoring 92 on Monday and West, who also played for Metropolitan North at the under-15 schools state titles in Bundaberg in late November, coming off 81 on Wednesday.

DDSWQ did well to dismiss Gold Coast for just 147, with opener Ben Itzstein taking his carnival haul to 11 wickets and James Breen picking up 2-26.

When DDSWQ collapsed to 4-67, the Coast were on top, but day one centurion Buckley combined with No.6 Aidan Watterson for a partnership of 65, and while he departed with still 16 runs needed, and Watterson fell for 39 another 14 runs later, by that time the match was theirs. …

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