NSW Magenta are the only unbeaten team left in the Under 15 Male National Championships after three rounds.
ACT/NSW Country won their second game of the Championships with a dominant win over Northern Territory. ACT/NSW Country won the toss and elected to bat and with Thomas Coady (115) and Koda Sissian (60) putting on 85 runs for the second wicket. Coady, especially was superb and led Country to a strong score of 6/315. In reply Northern Territory were bowled out for 97 with Landan Price taking 3/21 whilst Lachlan Dumigan top scored with 21.
Vic Metro’s unbeaten run came to an end as Queensland proved too strong on the day. Harrish Kannan made a valuable 68 helping Vic Metro put a competitive score on the board. Queensland’s opening bowler Thomas Balkin took 2/22 restricting Vic Metro’s score to 172. Contributions from Luke Hatherell (26) and Hugh Weibgen (35) led Queensland to victory with four wickets to spare. Kannan continued his good form from the first innings taking 1/30 off his 10 overs.
NSW Green bounced back from Friday’s loss to ACT/NSW Country by defeating Tasmania by 26 runs. NSW Green posted 8/223 with wicketkeeper Blake McCarten top scoring with 45. Tasmania’s Cooper Anthes bowled wonderfully taking 3/26 providing resistance to the NSW Green’s batsmen. The run chase started well with Tomas Pears making a quickfire 53 though regular wickets made life tough for batsmen. Tasmania were bowled out for 197 in the 43rd over with Asher Learmonth the pick of the bowlers taking 2/22.
NSW Magenta’s winning ways continued today beating the previously unbeaten Vic Country. Full of confidence after wins against South Australia and Western Australia NSW Magenta won the toss and chose to bat. Joel Davies (106) was supported by Gaurav Dogra (51) in powering Magenta’s score to 8/262. In reply, Vic Country didn’t start great with opener Liam Blackford falling first ball to a ripping delivery by William Salzmann. Fletcher Cozens top scored with 38 though the side couldn’t produce what was required to chase down the total and were bowled out for 132 in the 38th over.
In the final match of round two, Western Australia got its second victory defeating South Australia by 20 runs. After being sent in Western Australia posted 6/242 with Aryan Varsani the standout performer making 79 runs before getting run out. Kobe Burt and Jem Autio Parke took 2 wickets each for South Australia. The second innings began well for South Australia though chaos erupted when the middle order collapsed losing 6 wickets for 38 runs. It came down to the last few overs though Regan Hill calmed Western Australia’s nerves taking the last wicket in the penultimate over.
Day 4 of the Championships was jam packed with a lot of action with big totals being made by most teams.
In the first game of the day ACT/NSW Country won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Jack Wakely made 77 and started off the innings with a bang. Middle-order batsmen Lachlan Reid top scored with 89 off 75 balls hitting 11 fours. Ryan Borsboom took 2 crucial wickets. Country finished 9/308. In reply Tasmania fell short by 133 runs with opener Nicholas Williams top scoring with 46.
NSW Green posted a competitive first innings score of 212 against Queensland. Contributions from Patrick Xie (61), Mahsen Narvel (48) and Blake McCarten (42) were vital as regular wickets stunted the innings. Part time bowler Noah Emmerson helped wrap up the innings with 3 late wickets. Queensland batsmen Reuben Burger (56) and Luke Hatherell (54) led their side to a fantastic win as they chased down the target with 10 overs to spare. NSW Green’s Ryan Freeman was exceptional with the ball taking 3/35.
NSW Magenta looked to continue its winning ways against Vic Metro. Gaurav Dogra sustained his good form with the bat with a well compiled 86. Two wickets to Ikroop Dhanoa and some economical bowling from Harrish Kannan were the positives for Vic Metro. Magenta finished on 6/277. In reply, Vic Metro got off to a positive start with their entire top four making it past 20 with William Townsend the pick of the batsmen making close to a run a ball 48. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as NSW Magenta won their fourth game on the trot by the tune of 40 runs.
South Australia looked to get back in the winners column when they played Vic Country. Coby Fitzsimmons’ 3/41 helped stopped South Australia’s batsmen from making big scores. Five batsmen passed 20 with wicketkeeper Max Kelly posting a half-century (53) in their innings of 9/248. Vic Country were dismissed for 144 in the 47th over with the wickets being shared amongst the bowlers.
Northern Territory hoped to get its first win of the Championships against Western Australia. Choosing to bat first, Northern Territory got off to a positive start with first drop batsmen Sam Elder playing a lone hand in making 80. Luke Holt was the standout with the ball taking 3/35 allowing Western Australia to keep Northern Territory’s score to a modest 7/179. In reply, Western Australia’s batsmen batted outstandingly to chase down the total 4 wickets down with plenty of overs to spare. Teague Wyllie made an impressive 61 while Ben Scotson finished the run chase off with a quick-fire 38 off 24 balls.