NSW Metro and Victoria Metro remain unbeaten after four rounds of the Under 19 Male National Championships in Perth.
Their most recent victories came in a heat-reduced round four, which saw a number of exciting contests in modified 30 overs-per-side conditions.
Here is a wrap of all the action from Thursday and Friday.
TASMANIA VS QUEENSLAND
Tasmania 8/191 def by Queensland 3/193
Max Clayton’s 87 runs guided Queensland to a comfortable victory in Round 3 of the U19 Male National Championships.
The Tasmanian batting line-up struggled to gain momentum as they made 8/191 in their 50 overs.
Queensland’s Hugo Burdon delivered an outstanding all-round performance, taking 3/37 with the ball and making 50 with the bat. His 124-run partnership with Clayton proved too much to handle for Tasmania, as Queensland recorded their first win of the 2019-20 Championships.
ACT/NSW COUNTRY VS WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ACT/NSW Country 9/228 def Western Australia 129
ACT/NSW Country bagged their first win of the tournament after a dominant display against Western Australia.
Western Australia remain winless on home turf so far this campaign after falling 99 runs short of ACT/NSW Country’s total, with bowler Harrison Townsend claiming 5/24.
Number three and four batsmen Kaleb Phillips and Brock Larance made 42 and 45 for ACT/NSW Country, while Ryleigh Cameron top scored for Western Australia with 30.
NORTHERN TERRITORY VS VICTORIA METRO
Northern Territory 173 def by Victoria Metro 5/176
Victoria Metro maintained their 100% record in this year’s U19 National Championships, prevailing over the Northern Territory by five wickets.
Northern Territory was restricted to 173 batting first, despite 52 from Coby Edmonstone. Will Lovell did most of the damage with three wickets to his name,
Edmondstone then backed up his batting efforts with the ball, claiming 3-49. But he wasn’t able to stem the flow as Victoria Metro sailed to victory with 20.4 overs remaining. Jake Fraser-McGurk (43) and Dylan Brasher (42) top scored for the victors.
VICTORIA COUNTRY VS CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI
Victoria Country 181 def by Cricket Australia XI 4/187
Bailey Moon took tournament-best figures of 7/22 to set up a resounding victory for the Cricket Australia XI over Victoria Country.
Moon ripped through the Victorian batting order, with only Thomas Jackson (56) providing substantial resistance to the Cricket Australia XI attack.
Cooper Connolly continued his good form with an unbeaten half-century for the CA XI as they surpassed Victoria Country’s target with 36 balls to spare.
NSW METRO VS SOUTH AUSTRALIA
NSW Metro 215 def South Australia 167
NSW Metro clinched their third consecutive victory of the tournament, defeating South Australia by 48 runs.
Lachlan Hearne and Harry Manenti both hit fifties for NSW Metro as they set a competitive total of 215.
Ryan King then smashed a quickfire 79, including 12 boundaries, but Josh Baraba’s lethal bowling spell of 5/17 meant South Australia were all-out after 37 overs.
VICTORIA METRO VS SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Victoria Metro 9/200 def South Australia 182
A quick-fire 65 from 44 balls from Jake Fraser-McGurk set up Victoria Metro’ fourth straight victory of the U19 Champs, this time against South Australia.
Fraser-McGurk set Vic Metro on course for 9-200, with Joel Size, Jasper Darley and Will Bowering each taking two wickets for SA.
At 3-17, SA’s run chase looked in trouble before Kyle Brazzell (61), Josh Hoffman (40) and Tom van der Jeugd (37 from 21 balls) turned the ship around. But the run rate pressure told in the end, with SA bowled out 18 runs shy.
QUEENSLAND V VICTORIA COUNTRY
Queensland 9-168 def Victoria Country 7-167
Queensland scraped home by one wickets in a Round 4 thriller over Vic Country at Scotch College.
Vic Country was restricted to 7-167 in their 30 overs, with top order batsmen Triyan de Silva (45) and Tom Jackson (41) laying the platform.
Queensland’s Hugo Burdon (55 not out) made it consecutive half centuries, anchoring the run chase as consistent wickets fell around him before seeing his side home in the final over.
TASMANIA V ACT/NSW COUNTRY
ACT/NSW Country 6-211 def Tasmania 143
Powerful knocks from Nicholas Broes (86) and Glenn Winsor (54 from 36 deliveries) set up a comfortable victory for ACT/NSW Country over Tasmania.
The ACT/NSW Country pair combined in a 98-run stand that formed the backbone of their side’s imposing total 6-211.
A regular flow of wickets halted Tasmania’s charge throughout their reply, with Harrison Townsend, Jackson Gwynne, Angus Jones and Tom Atlee claiming two wickets each to secure the 68-run win.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA V NORTHERN TERRITORY
Western Australia 9-176 def by Northern Territory 5-177
Western Australia’s difficult tournament continued as they succumbed to the Northern Territory at Wesley College.
Jayden Goodwin’s 53 guided the home side to 9-176, with two wickets each to Adi Dave, Coby Edmonstone and Brendan Haylett
But it wasn’t enough as NT overhauled the target in the final over, with Edmonstone’s 46 the top score among a number of consistent contributions.
CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI V NSW METRO
NSW Metro 6-220 def Cricket Australia XI 7-211
NSW Metro made it four from four, winning a nail-biting and high scoring encounter with the CA XI.
Half centuries to Jack Attenborough (55) and Lachlan Hearne (56) laid the platform for NSW Metro’s total of 6-220.
But the CA XI never shirked the task in reply, with Isaac Higgins’ 96 from 75 ball taking the game down to the wire. It wasn’t enough though, with the CA XI falling an agonising nine runs short.