Reigning champions ACT/NSW Country will lock horns with rivals NSW Metro in the semi-finals of the Under 19 Male National Championships.
NSW Metro have won five out of six games in this years Championships, while last year’s winners ACT/NSW Country were downed by Queensland in round 6.
Victoria Metro and Victoria Country both took one step closer to the final after recording wins in round 5 and 6.
Victoria Metro maintained their 100% record with a last gasp victory over Cricket Australia XI last time out.
VICTORIA COUNTRY VS NSW METRO
Victoria Country 184 def NSW Metro 163
NSW Metro suffered their first loss at the hands of Victoria Country on day five of the Under 19 Male National Championships.
It was a low scoring affair as Victoria Country were bowled out for 184, with Thomas Jackson top scoring with 48.
A 90-run partnership between Zeeshaan Ahmed (47) and Harry Manenti (44) put NSW Metro in control at 3/105, however, NSW Metro lost 7/58 and were bowled out for 163 after 47.3 overs.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA VS CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI
Western Australia 278 def Cricket Australia XI 9/223
Fifties from Damien Burrage (51) and Blair Walsh (74) inspired Western Australia to a dominant win over Cricket Australia XI at Sutherlands Park.
Bowlers Ewan Neilson and Dominic O’Shannessy took four wickets each as Western Australia were all out for 278.
Liam Blackford (50) was the pick of the Cricket Australia XI batsmen but was unable to guide his team to victory, with Cricket Australia XI falling short by 55 runs.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA VS QUEENSLAND
South Australia 4/265 def Queensland 139
It was a commanding performance by South Australia on day five of the Under 19 Male National Championships, defeating Queensland by 126 runs.
Half-centuries from Liam Scott (90), Thomas Kelly (56), Mitchell Fuss (51) and a quickfire 46 from Joshua Hoffmann fired South Australia to 4/265.
A man-of-the-match display by Liam Scott was capped off by taking 3/13 with the ball, helping dismantle the Queenslanders to 139 all-out.
ACT/NSW COUNTRY VS NORTHERN TERRITORY
ACT/NSW Country 3/250 def Northern Territory 9/209
Opening batsman William Fort batted his way to a glorious 119 not-out as he guided ACT/NSW Country to a third win of the tournament.
Fellow opener Nicholas Broes hit an even 50 as the duo put together a first-wicket partnership of 139.
Northern Territory were set a target of 251 to win, but ended their innings 41 runs shy of the total. Rupert Lilburne took three wickets in eight overs.
VICTORIA METRO VS TASMANIA
Victoria Metro 6/322 def Tasmania 8/305
Victoria Metro solidified their position on top of the ladder with a fifth consecutive victory in the 2019 Under 19 Championships.
Centuries by opening batsmen Zac Sleeman (110 off 81 balls) and Dylan Brasher (109 not off off 129 balls) boosted Victoria Metro to 6/322, the highest total of this year’s tournament.
In response, Mitchell Owen unleashed his firepower, scoring 116 off just 100 deliveries with nine fours and four sixes.
However, his efforts were in vain as the brave Tasmanians were edged out by 17 runs.
NSW METRO VS WESTERN AUSTRALIA
NSW Metro 4/282 def Western Australia 9/240
Jack Attenborough’s superb 119 guided NSW Metro to 4/282, defeating Western Australia by 42 runs.
Yuvraj Sharma (73) and Lachlan Hearne (60) also compiled half-centuries as NSW Metro produced a quality performance with the bat.
In reply, Jayden Goodwin (84) made his highest score of the Championships, but Western Australia were unable to maintain the run rate required in the chase.
CRICKET AUSTRALIA XI VS VICTORIA METRO
Cricket Australia XI 9/250 def by 9/251
Victoria Metro won a thriller in Round 6, hitting a boundary off the very last ball to secure the win over Cricket Australia XI.
Cricket Australia XI’s Cooper Connolly fell short of a maiden U19 Championships century after being run out by Samuel McConchie on 93, while Victorian batsman Kyle Viccars smashed 107 before being bowled by Hunar Verma.
The game came down to the very last ball with Victoria Metro nine down, requiring four runs to win.
Up stepped Fergus O’Neill to deliver a sobering blow to the CA XI, finding the boundary off the last delivery to clinch victory.
TASMANIA VS VICTORIA COUNTRY
Tasmania 154 def by Victoria Country 8/158
Victoria Country can now set their sights on the semi-finals after a slender win over Tasmania in round 6 of the competition.
The Tasmanians were bowled out for 154 after 47.3 overs, with the battling order struggling to capitalise on their starts.
A Victoria Country victory looked in doubt as they crumbled to 7/99, however a quality knock from Triyan De Silva (38 not out) ensured the Victorian’s earned a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
ACT/NSW COUNTRY VS QUEENSLAND
ACT/NSW Country 235 def by Queensland 7/238
Queensland’s Jack Cooper blasted 90 runs off 60 balls in Queensland’s victory over reigning champions ACT/NSW Country.
Brock Larance was agonisingly close to an Under 19 Championships century, hitting 97 for ACT/NSW Country before being dismissed by William Sanders.
With a target of 236 to win, Cooper came flying out of the traps, rattling along at a strike rate of 150.
With Queensland struggling at 7/166, an eighth wicket partnership of 72 runs between Samuel Neale (35 not out) and Harry Walker (33 not out) ensured Queensland prevailed.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA VS NORTHERN TERRITORY
South Australia 5/269 def Northern Territory 132
Thomas Kelly’s impressive unbeaten century aided South Australia to a crushing victory in round 6 of the Under 19 Male National Championships.
The South Australians lost 3/50 before an outstanding 163-run partnership between Kelly (125) and Joshua Hoffmann (80) propelled South Australia to a formidable target.
William Bowering then took control of the match with the ball, claiming 5-29 as Northern Territory were bundled out for 132.