On a rain-affect first day of play at the Under 15 Male National Championships, VIC Metro, NSW Magenta, Western Australia, Queensland and VIC Country all got their campaigns off to the perfect start.
Victoria Metro won the toss and elected to bat first against NSW Green, but got off to a shaky with opener James Keys dismissed by James Apostolakis for just three. The heavens opened, and play was suspended before the skies cleared with Harry Dixon (28), Daniel Gikovski (28) and Raheel Bostan’s (42) late order hitting allowing Victoria Metro to reach 6/190 off 44 overs.
With a revised target of 136 off 25 overs, NSW Green added 27 runs to the tally before losing its first wicket, with opening batter and captain, Asher Learmonth falling for just five. Fellow opener Blake McCarten (28) looked good in his innings, but with overs running out and wickets falling around him, the going was tough, despite the best efforts of Sam Konstas (22) who provided good support. Their efforts weren’t enough to get their side across the line, NSW Green falling 33 runs short of victory after reaching 7/103 at the end of its innings.
NSW Magenta also made a strong start with a dominant win over South Australia. A great effort in the field proved key with NSW Magenta bowling South Australia out for 104, William Salzmann starring with figures of 3-9. Thomas Van Jaarsveldt played a lone hand with the bat, compiling an impressive 59 to help his side put a competitive score on the board.
In reply, NSW Magenta stumbled early losing opening Jonah Trope (5) but a 83-run partnership between Kunj Changela (42) and Ethan Jamieson (29) steadied the ship, the pair reaching the revised target of 89 with more than ten overs to spare.
Tasmanian Captain Cooper Anthes won the toss and chose to bat against Western Australia, and the boys from the West were on fire in the field early with Luke Holt running out both openers for 13 and 11 respectively. Holt had a day out with his spin causing havoc for the Tasmanian batsmen, taking 3/27 off 10 overs. A composed innings by Ryan Borsboom (34*) allowed Tasmania to make 10/166 off their 50 overs.
Western Australia’s chase was never in doubt with Hayden Kain unbeaten on 48. Ryan Borsboom was Tasmania’s best with 2/39 off 10 overs. Western Australia chased down the required 167 runs in the 44th over to win by six wickets.
ACT/NSW Country’s Captain Tom Coady won the toss and chose to bowl first. Queensland openers Noah Emmerson (32) and Luke Davies (37) put on 78 runs for the opening wicket before Emmerson was caught and bowled off the bowling of Lachlan Dowling. Like other games today rain affected the first innings with six overs being lost. Ethan Bartley (26*) and Reuben Burger (36*) put on 66 for the seventh wicket. Queensland after 44 overs ended up 6/226 with George Cumming the pick of the bowlers taking 2/36 off 8 overs.
The rain resulted in ACT/NSW Country’s target being reduced to 165 off 24 overs, and it proved too much of a challenge in the end. ACT/NSW Country reached 4-85 and looked likely to chase down the total, but the Queensland bowlers fought back, including Carter Pearson who claimed a hattrick, finishing with the brilliant figures of 5-13, his efforts helping to restrict ACT/NSW Country to 9-119 after 24 overs.
In the final match off the day, the Northern Territory won the toss and sent Victoria Country into bat. Opener Coby Fitzsimmons started well and made a quick fire 39 off 33 balls before being trapped LBW by Jai Allman. Thomas Menzies was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/35 off 7 overs, causing damage in Victoria Country’s middle order. Some late order hitting from Nicholas Pastras-Jnr (72) and Samuel Croft (36) powered Victoria Country to 9/276 off 50 overs.
The Northern Territory batters struggled in reply, with only three batters reaching double figures, as Victoria Country cruised to a big win, bowling their opposition out for just 79.