Isaac Kelsey was named in one of four teams for the Qld Cricket Under-16 Male State Challenge.
Isaac Kelsey was named in one of four teams for the Qld Cricket Under-16 Male State Challenge. Alistair Brightman

Talented junior star Kelsey claims Queensland berth

ISAAC Kelsey will be one of only two Wide Bay juniors to have the opportunity to impress the most important people in Queensland Cricket next month after he was awarded a place in the under-16 State Challenge.

Kelsey was named in the Queensland Flames team, one of four 12-player squads to compete at the April 4-6 event at Redlands Cricket Club.

The Hervey Bay teenager, who describes himself as a bowling all-rounder, plays for Bushrangers in the under-16s and seniors Hervey Bay Cricket competition, is part of Queensland Cricket's 2017-18 Pathway Academy.

He is also the first-choice goalkeeper for the under-15 Wide Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers are undefeated in their two Football Queensland Premier League games so far, and Kelsey kept a clean sheet against NPL side Sunshine Coast FC.

Kelsey will line up alongside fellow Wide Bay junior Justin Bunker, who is based in Kingaroy, in a Flames outfit predominantly populated by players from Mackay, North Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast.

Wide Bay's junior director of coaching Steve Collins was named assistant coach of the Queensland Blaze.

Collins, a former Past Grammars player, coached the Wide Bay's first-ever Shane Watson Cup team.

Wide Bay won one game and lost another as rain washed out most games.

The side finished fourth on the seven-team, north zone ladder, ahead of Toombul, Northern Suburbs and Sandgate-Redcliffe.