With finals spots up for grabs the last round of matches were extremely important for a number of teams that were in sudden-death territory. All matches were 20/20 matches due to the heat up on the Sunshine Coast.
The first game of the day was between ACT/NSW Country and Vic Metro. ACT/NSW Country won the toss and chose to bat first with Jack Wakely (33) and Thomas Coady (35) the pick of the batsmen. Vic Metro’s bowler Raheel Boston had a day out with the ball taking 5/25. In reply, Connor Laird top scored with a well compiled 32 before wickets fell at regular intervals. With 6 needed off the last over Odil Perera and Harry Dixon got the runs with 2 balls to spare to give Vic Metro a 5 wicket win.
NSW Green came up against a strong South Australian side looking to rebound after last starts loss. NSW Green began solidly with Mahsen Narvel (46) and Patrick Xie (31) leading the team to 7/137 off their 20 overs. William Patton 2/11 was economical and the only multiple wicket taker for the South Australians. Carl Arnold (39*) and Max Kelly (27*) were exceptional in the successful run chase for South Australia as they reached the total with 6 wickets to spare.
Queensland defeated Tasmania in a low scoring affair allowing Queensland to finish atop of Pool A. Batting first Tasmania at the end of their 20 overs amassed 4/95 with Nicholas Williams top scoring with 30*. Economical bowling from Ethan Bartley and Carter Pearson helped restrict Tasmania to under 100 runs. In response, Queensland’s quest for 96 was never in any trouble with Luke Davies (38) putting his team in a good position to chase down the runs before he was dismissed. Eventually, Queensland reached their target with 6 wickets in hand.
High flying NSW Magenta made it five from five to finish top of Pool B against the winless Northern Territory to the tune of 143 runs. Batting first NSW Magenta made on 1/197 off 20 overs with opener Jonah Trope agonisingly falling short of his hundred with an unbeaten 97. Trope was helped by Ethan Jamieson who made 73*. Northern Territory were bowled out for 54 in reply with Sam Elder the only batsmen to make it to double figures with 10. Joel Davies 3/16 and Shanuk Karandeniya 3/8 were the chief wicket takers for NSW Magenta.
The last game of the day was between Western Australia and Vic Country. Both in Pool B this was a crucial game as the winner would finish second whilst the loser would finish outside the top two. Choosing to bowl first Vic Country made early in roads with Devlin Webb taking 4/19 to help bowl out Western Australia for 93 in the 19th over. Teague Wylie (30) top scored for the Western Australians. Vic Country understood this was their most important innings of the carnival with the bat and the batsmen delivered when needed most with Liam Blackford compiling a sensational 70*. Vic Country reached the total in the 16th over with 6 wickets in hand.
FINAL: Queensland v NSW Magenta @ Kev Hackney Oval, 9.30am start
A2 v B2: ACT/NSW Country v Victoria Country @ Ron McMullin Oval, 9.30am start
A3 v B3: Victoria Metro v South Australia @ John Blanck Oval, 9.30am start
A4 v B4: NSW Green v Western Australia @ Caloundra 1, 9.00am start
A5 v B5: Tasmania v Northern Territory @ Caloundra 2, 9.00am start