Rain has had a significant impact at the 2017-18 Under 17 National Championships today, with three of the four qualifying final matches being washed out.
But there was plenty to celebrate, with a hat-trick, two tons and a tie featuring in the limited on-field action.
The washout matches mean the matches end as draws, with the higher-placed teams going through to Wednesday’s semi-finals.
NSW Metro, the Cricket Australia XI and Queensland all progressed to the semi-final stage after their matches were washed out, while South Australia tied with Western Australia on the DLS Method in a thriller to secure progression as the higher-ranked team.
Fixtures - Wednesday 4 October
SF 1: NSW Metro v South Australia at MaristSF 2: Cricket Australia XI v Queensland at Churchie
ACT/NSW Country v Northern Territory at Fred Kratzman OvalWestern Australia v Tasmania at Trevor Hohns OvalVIC Metro v VIC Country at Trevor Barsby Oval
While rain ended Victoria Metro, Victoria Country and ACT/NSW Country’s campaigns, there were three standout performances in these matches.
ACT/NSW Country bowler Dominic O’Shannessy achieved a stunning feat - producing a hat-trick against NSW Metro.
O’Shannessy struck in his 8th over, picking up Harry Manenti, Lachlan Hearne and Lawson Eva in consecutive deliveries, before finishing with figures of 4-41 off 10 overs.
NSW Metro were dismissed for 233 in the 47th over, skipper Ollie Davies leading the way with 60 runs. Liam Marshall picked up three wickets for NSW Metro, as ACT/NSW Country stumbled to 4-51 before rain prevented any further action.
Victoria Country skipper Patrick Rowe scored a century in his side’s total of 7-302 from 49 overs, contributing 101 off 115 deliveries, before rain prevented any further play.
Todd Murphy (82 off 62 balls) scored his third half century of the tournament, while Ryan Hammel finished with 70 runs.
Queensland’s William Kettleton also reached three figures, smashing 108 off just 89 deliveries as his side posted 5-280 off 41 overs.
Victoria Metro were 0-20 in the third over of their reply, before the match was washed out.
South Australia snuck through to the semi-finals in a reduced-overs match against Western Australia, which finished as a tie.
Ryan King (48) and Aryan Sareen (44) guided South Australia to a total of 207 all out, before Lachlan Hardy (40) and Jayden Goodwin (40) led Western Australia to 5-105 off their 22 overs.
However, with two runs needed off the final ball to win, Western Australia could only manage one - a tie being the end result on DLS method and South Australia reaching the final four.
In the plate match, Kade Applebee top-scored as Tasmania reached 9-199 off 45 overs against Northern Territory, before the match was also washed out.
The Under 17 National Championships run from September 25 until October 5, with the first four rounds of matches played on the Sunshine Coast, followed by the final four rounds being played in Brisbane.
The tournament final will be live-streamed and free to watch via www.cricket.com.au, played at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field on October 5.