The U19 National Championships kicked off in Adelaide yesterday with a number of dominant performances.
Reigning tournament champions Queensland were trounced by South Australia, while 2010/11 winners Victoria went down to the ACT.
To end an entertaining and surprising Round 1, Western Australia and New South Wales posted strong victories in their one-day matches over Northern Territory and Tasmania respectively.
Western Australia (6/283) def Northern Territory (126)
Western Australia’s U19 campaign got off to a flying start after they won the toss and posted an opening partnership of 82 runs.
A number of solid contributions with the bat saw WA reach an imposing 6/283 from their 50 overs, with openers Thomas Leaver (66) and Jaron Morgan (50) leading the way.
Lachlan Griffiths (U17 Championship Bowler of the Championship) continued his good form at CA Championships taking 2/37 off 8 overs, to be the best of the NT bowlers.
Consistent wickets and a lower order collapse meant that NT were never in the hunt for WA's massive total. NT lost their last 5 wickets for 8 runs to be all out for 126 from 39.4 overs. Marcus McGregor-Cassady (33) was the only NT batter to get beyond 30 runs.
Jonty Wilde (3/21 off 10 overs) impressed with the ball for WA, while WA captain Will Bosisto (3/22 off 6.4 overs) also ended up with great figures.
ACT (144) def Victoria (114)
The ACT would have been concerned after they elected to bat and lost wickets early.
Their top order crumbled to be 4/36, before the tail wagged to reach 144 all out. Ben Fulford (48) was the cornerstone of the ACT innings, while Lakshmn Shivakumar (29) was the other major contributor.
Victoria had two multiple wicket-takers with Tom Russ (3/17 off 6 overs) and Ben Ashkenazi (3/20 off 8 overs), and would have been confident about chasing down the ACT’s score.
But, like the ACT earlier, the Victorian top order collapsed to be 4/26. From here they were never able to really recover as they were skittled for a very disappointing 114 all out from 42.5 overs. Scott Dixon (30) was the only Victorian batter to make a real contribution.
ACT opener Nick Winter (3/8 from 7.5 overs) did the damage, while Ben Scott (2/15 off 5 overs) also made a strong contribution.
South Australia (6/203) def Queensland (96)
An outstanding innings by up-and-coming star Travis Head lead South Australia to a strong win over U19 reigning champions Queensland.
Head’s 83 came from 86 balls faced, which included 9 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s, and pushed South Australia’s final score to a competitive 6/203 from their 50 overs.
Queensland were disappointing in reply, stumbling to 96 all out after just 35 overs. Nick Stevens and Sam Lowry were the best of the Queensland batsman scoring 32 and 23 respectively.
For South Australia, James Miller and Cameron Valente took 3 wickets each to see their team to an easy victory.
New South Wales (6/246) def Tasmania (124)
New South Wales defeated Tasmania in another one-sided game for this opening round.
NSW were sent in to bat by Tasmania and proved hard to remove. NSW opening batsman Jake Cormack (47) and Jake Scicluna (91) led the way as NSW finished their innings at 6/246.
James Storey and Kyle Wisniewski both finished with 2 wickets each for Tasmania.
Tasmanian batsman Harry Nichols put up a strong fight with 59, but no one was able to stick with him as Tasmania was bundled out for 124.
NSW bowlers Jeremy Maher and Soumil Chhibber led the attack with 3 wickets each.
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First Posted 08 January, 2013 3:31PM AEST