U19: Stars shine in Round 2 matches
Date of Event : Tue Dec 5, 2017 6:00PM
Skipper Jono Merlo starred with bat and ball in a losing cause for Victoria Metro // Brody Grogan

Queensland, NSW Metro, ACT/NSW Country, Tasmania and South Australia scored wins in Round 2 at the 2017-18 Under 19 National Championships in Hobart today.

NSW Metro captain Param Uppal, a NSW Blues rookie-contracted player, led the way for his side with an unbeaten 72 against Western Australia.

Brad Hope top-scored for Western Australia with 75 in a total of 205, as Lawrence Neil-Smith (3-30) and 2017 National Performance Squad member Ryan Hadley (2-38) were among the wickets.

After stumbling to 4-74, Uppal and Joel Foster (54 not out) guided their side to victory with three overs and five wickets in hand.



Victoria Metro captain Jono Merlo starred with bat and ball, but his side was outplayed by South Australia.

Merlo, who played JLT One-Day Cup cricket this summer the Cricket Australia XI, claimed 4-20 and scored 62.

But an innings of 47 from Bailey Capel guided South Australia to 194 all out, with Victoria Metro finishing their 50 overs at 9-183. Leg-spinner Lloyd Pope, a South Australia rookie and last year's Under 19 leading wicket-taker, claimed 2-33.

Tasmania posted a comfortable win against the Cricket Australia XI, chasing down 195 with six wickets and almost six overs to spare.

Jack White (69 not out) and Keegan Oates (62) impressed with the bat for the host state, while Shaun Redman claimed four wickets for the Tasmanians.

CA XI first-drop Mackenzie Harvey led the way for his side with 78 runs.

Queensland cruised past Victoria Country’s total of 9-158, on the back of an unbeaten 73 from Angus Lovell, and three wickets each to captain Nathan McSweeney and Harry Macoun.

ACT/NSW Country captain Jason Sangha, a NSW Blues rookie who scored a tour match century against England last month, top-scored for his side with 41 in a four-wicket win against the Northern Territory.

Jason Ralston claimed 4-14 off his 7.5 overs for ACT/NSW Country.

Teams now have a rest day tomorrow, ahead of Round 3 matches which will be played in Launceston on Thursday.

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Last updated: Friday December 8, 2017 5:45PM