Young guns lead title charge

QUEANBEYAN second grade captain Adrian Brunker says the club’s future looks bright after youngsters Josh Gregory and Alex Page helped guide the club to the second grade Twenty20 title on Sunday.

Queanbeyan’s comfortable 49-run victory over ANU at Manuka Oval secured the club’s third T20 title in the grade in the past four years.

And the win was down in no small part to two of the side’s younger brigade in batsman Josh Gregory and teenage left-arm spinner Alex Page.

Top scoring with 38, Gregory helped Queanbeyan to a competitive total of 8/149 before Page (3/12) and veteran Darren Southwell (3/26) restricted the students to 9/100 off their 20 overs.

“Josh has struggled a bit for form this season but I was batting with him yesterday and he batted really well which was good to see,” Brunker said.

“Confidence wise that knock is going to do him the world of good going forward knowing he contributed to a grand final win.

“Pagey as well came on and tied them in knots, he was just too good for them. It’s a positive for the club that these guys have proven their ability to step up to the level required when it really mattered.”

Brunker said second grade would now turn its attention to the one and two-day competitions.

Queanbeyan will get its two-day season back underway this weekend against Tuggeranong before squaring off in the one-day semi-finals on February 2.

Reigning T20 and two-day champions heading into the side’s 2013/14 campaign, the one-day crown was the only title to elude the Bluebags last season.

 “We had a pretty bad loss in the one-dayers in our first game back after Christmas so we’ll definitely be looking to regain some momentum from the T20 to keep moving forward,” Brunker said.

“Hopefully if we can build through the one-day finals we’ll be able to take that into the two-dayers as well and we can put ourselves in a position to win all three titles if we’re good enough.” 

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