Slow start costs City shot at title in annual carnival

Sean Fitzsimmons bats for South-East Queensland against Darling Downs and South-West Country during the Schaeffer Shield carnival at Captain Cook Oval.
Sean Fitzsimmons bats for South-East Queensland against Darling Downs and South-West Country during the Schaeffer Shield carnival at Captain Cook Oval. Kevin Farmer

A SLOW start on day one proved costly for Darling Downs and South-West City in the annual Schaeffer Shield tournament at Captain Cook Oval.

City finished second after suffering a three-wicket loss against eventual winners South East Queensland who went unbeaten to retain the shield.

Blake Anderson (47) and Jack Carty (42no) led the way as City managed 8-207 against the potent SEQ bowling attack spearheaded by Ben O'Connell (5-38).

But City failed to take the early wickets they needed to defend the meagre total as SEQ blasted its way to 7-319.

City captain Matt Dennis lamented the missed opportunity against SEQ.

"We were a bit slow to begin. We didn't really hit our line or length early with our bowling," he said.

"We only got 200 on the board so we needed to get a few early wickets which didn't happen."

City produced a much improved effort on Sunday to run out comfortable 139-run winners over Wide Bay with opener Chris Hall (101) scoring a superb century.

But it was tough all weekend for Darling Downs and South-West Country who finished fourth.

Country made a solid start against SEQ on Sunday through opener Nick Budden (52) but Chris Mitchell (4-38) was in fine touch and Country slumped to 9-200.

Country's James O'Donohue (1-32) had SEQ reeling at 1-11 in reply but it was only a minor speed bump as the defending champions cruised to a four-wicket victory.

SEQ has dominated the Schaeffer Shield for the past few summers and coach Craig Jesberg credited that success to a great team work ethic.

"That's four wins from four games for this group over two years, I think that says it all about this team," he said.

"We had a big opportunity on the first day to show what we could do and we grabbed that chance."

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