The battle for the U19 title is getting tighter as main contenders Western Australia, NSW and South Australia all recorded wins in Round Three.
Tasmania rounded out the list of Round Three winners at the halfway mark of the U19 National Championships in Adelaide.
Tasmania (8/352 dec) def ACT (122 and 3/117)
An incredible 160 not out from Tasmanian captain Beau Webster set up Tassie’s imposing 8/352 declared on Day One of the two-day match.
Webster was strongly supported by Sean Willis who made an impressive 88 in a 149 run 3rd wicket partnership. There was not much joy for the ACT bowlers with Nick Winter (2/52) and Jacob Montgomery (2/30) the only multiple wicket-takers for ACT.
In reply, ACT were never in the hunt after slumping to 3/31. They were all out for 122, with Beau McClintock (51) the only standout.
Tasmanian opening bowler Gabe Bell (3/19) did the damage, while Kyle Wisniewski (2/25) and Marc Simonds (2/21) also chipped in.
Tasmania sent ACT straight back in as they went for the outright points, but ACT made a better fist of it in the second innings.
Beau McClintock (72 not out) continued on his great game, as he held off the Tasmanian attack to help ACT to 3/117 before stumps was called.
Western Australia (224) def Queensland (178 and 1/31)
Queensland continued their disappointing start to the championships with another poor batting display.
Queensland had four batters reach 30, but none of them were able to go on with it in their under-par total of 178 all out.
Ben McDermottt (37) was the top scorer for the Queensland team, as WA opening bowler Matt Kelly (2/15) took out Queensland’s top order and Andrew Rule (3/47) cleaned up the tail.
WA opening batter Thomas Leaver (92) was the key to his team passing the QLD total, but AUS U19 player Mark Steketee (3/34) and Mitchell Swepson (3/68) impressed with the ball to dismiss WA for 224.
Queensland did have to go back in and bat for 14 overs before stumps were pulled, ending on 1/31.
NSW (7/321 dec) def Victoria (240)
NSW elected to bat after winning the toss and looked in trouble early.
They lost quick wickets to be 4/55, but a 192 run 5th wicket partnership between Jake Doran (125) and Damien Mortimer (87) saw NSW post a healthy 7/321 declared.
Matthew Fotia (2/48) and Ben Ashkenazi (3/ 59), Victoria’s opening bowlers, were the only multiple wicket-takers for the Vics.
In reply, the Victorian top order continued to struggle as they slumped to 4/41. The tail wagged but they still ended short of the NSW total as they were dismissed for 240 all out.
Sam Kerber was the standout for the Vics with an impressive 104, while Scott Dixon chipped in with 44.
Up and coming leg-spinner Soumil Chhibber was the best of the NSW bowlers with 3/46, while Tom Rogers (2/47) & Shane Cassel (2/54) both took two wickets each.
South Australia (8/326 dec) def Northern Territory (152 and 101)
South Australia claimed an outright victory in a dominant display over Northern Territory.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, 2011/12 Player of the Championship Kelvin Smith (102) and Joshua Hoffman (102 not out) led South Australia to an imposing 8/326 declared.
NT used 10 different bowlers as they struggled to remove South Australia from the middle, with Patrick Pisel (2/17), Joel Logan (2/72) and Thomas Andrews (2/96) all taking two each.
In the chase, NT got into trouble early to be 3/50 and were never able to recover as they were all out for 152. Thomas Andrews (49) was the only serious contributor. In an incredible display of bowling, South Australia’s Cameron Valente ended up with 4/6 off 14 overs.
NT were sent straight back in as SA hunted an outright win, but redemption for NT’s batters wasn’t on the cards.
South Australian bowler Jack Pudney topped off a great game with handy figures of 3/17, while NT opener Paul Carbone (33) was the only batter to get beyond 20 runs in the second dig.
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First Posted 14 January, 2013 11:51AM AEST