FLYING: Bundaberg's Dylan Murphy could be playing for Wide Bay later this year.
FLYING: Bundaberg's Dylan Murphy could be playing for Wide Bay later this year. Alistair Brightman

Lord Taverner's comp to boost juniors in Wide Bay

CRICKET: Bundaberg's best junior cricketers will have the chance to battle the best from around the state later this year.

Wide Bay will be entered later this year into the Lord Taverner's competition, which is the premier Queensland under age competition for juniors.

The team will compete against the best youngsters from Gold Coast, Brisbane and other areas in south-east Queensland.

The competition will run from mid-September to November with the best under-16 players in action.

"Wide Bay has a bit of talent but haven't really had a chance to express themselves,” Queensland Cricket's coach and talent development specialist for Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Jamie Fenech said.

"This will give players an additional opportunity to further develop and showcase their skills against some of the best cricketers from across the state,” Fenech said.

"But it's going to be a challenge for the cricketers.”

Bundaberg's Simon Gills will coach the side and brings plenty of experience after playing A-grade for Brothers for the past few years.

The Rum City is also expected to make up the majority of the side that will play in the first year for Wide Bay in the competition.

"It will definitely be the spine of the team that comes from Bundaberg,” Fenech said.

"Most of the top age players comes from there so a few more will be taken from Bundy.

"There will be others from Fraser Coast and one off-spinner has been selected from Kingaroy.”

The Wide Bay team will play games in Bundaberg, Maryborough and Gympie with the team travelling to Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast as well to play.

Fenech said the team was looking for sponsors to help with the travel costs and fees for the juniors that will play in the team.

To help you can contact Fenech on 0432329605 or through email at Jamie.Fenech@qldcricket.com.au.