Western Australia and the Cricket Australia XI played out a dramatic tie, while Northern Territory posted its first win in Round 3 of the 2017-18 Under 19 National Championships in Launceston.NSW Blues rookie and ACT/NSW Country captain Jason Sangha, NSW Metro run machine Ryan Hackney and South Australia rookie Lloyd Pope all played starring roles in victories for their sides.At UTAS Stadium, Western Australia and the CA XI couldn’t be separated after 100 overs. The CA XI posted 6-246 on the back of strong knocks from Thomas Kelly (73), Ollie Davies (57) and Damien Burrage (48 not out).But Western Australia-contracted duo Cameron Green (76) and Matthew Spoors (43) guided the run chase as the points were shared.
An all-round effort of 46 and 4-36 from NT captain Hamish Martin guided his side to victory against Queensland.Angus Lovell top-scored for Queensland with 46 in his side’s total of 205 all out, as Martin and Dean Fry (53) - and the NT lower-order - scraped home to a memorable final-over win with one wicket to spare.ACT/NSW Country cruised to a six-wicket win against Victoria Metro, chasing down 169.Jason Sangha, fresh from a tour game ton against England, was unbeaten on 87 when his side passed the total. Ryan Meppem picked up 3-32 for ACT/NSW Country, while Jordan Kight top-scored for Victoria Metro with 62.NSW Metro saw off a tough challenge from Victoria Country, winning by just six runs.In-form NSW Metro opener Ryan Hackney (98) combined with NSW Blues rookie Param Uppal (62) and Austin Waugh (42) to post 7-250 from their 50 overs. In response, Victoria Country was dismissed for 244 with four balls to spare.Skipper Tom Rogers led the way with 84 and Bradley Melville scored 54, while Sydney Sixers rookie Jack Edwards claimed three wickets for NSW Metro.
Figures of 4-23 from last year’s Under 19 National Championships leading wicket-taker Lloyd Pope helped South Australia cruise to a nine-wicket win against Tasmania. The host state was dismissed for 129, as Henry Dall (60 not out) and Bailey Capel (57) led the reply.NSW Metro sits on top of Pool A after three rounds, while South Australia holds top spot in Pool B.Round 4 matches will be played tomorrow in Launceston, including the first day-night match.For all fixtures, results and ladders, visit www.nationalchamps.com.au or follow @CAPathway on Twitter for tournament updates.