The CA XI defended their total of 275 as they bowled the NT Strike out for 197 runs to finish the Chamber Top End series tied at 1-1.

 

The seesawing trend in the three-game series continued in the deciding match as the NT Strike were placed in a promising position thanks to Beau Webster's knock of 96.

 

Webster's near-century innings of 96 off 97 deliveries was brought to an end by a brilliant direct hit run out by CA's Jason Sanga.

 

Following the wicket of Webster, the CA XI cruised to victory, taking the remaining three wickets for 14 runs to leave the NT Strike 78 runs short of a series victory.

 

The CA XI's score of 8/275 from 50 overs was led by Victorian batsman Campbell Kellaway scoring 92 off 103 deliveries.

 

“I had good fun out there today," Kellaway said.

 

"It was a good challenge; we were looking to try and get the score out to 280 and take it as deep as we could.

 

CA XI captain Dylan Kritzinger made a solid contribution scoring a half-century of 57, batting at number five.

 

NT Strike captain Tom Andrews led with the ball, taking 3/43 off nine overs, including the wicket of Kellaway and Kritzinger.

 

“I thought I bowled well the last couple of games, probably didn’t get as many wickets as I would have liked, but I tried to keep it simple today and I got a few more which was good to get,” Andrews said.

 

Blade Baxter continued his wicket-taking ways, grabbing another two to finish the Chamber Top End trilogy series equal second for most wicket taken with six.

 

This comes after he took the most wickets in the Cricket 365 One-Day tournament played before the Top End Series.

 

In the run chase, Andrews contributed 31 to go with Webster’s 96, although it was not enough as they were bowled out for 197, falling short of the required 275.

 

Noah McFadyen had another solid performance taking 3/17 off 4.1 overs after scoring an unbeaten 27 in the first innings.

 

Sydney Sixers all-rounder Hayden Kerr who bowled for the CA XI impressed his Big Bash coach Greg Shipperd despite the pair representing opposite teams in the Top End Series.

 

Kerr took 3/43 off 10 overs, along with hitting a six in the first innings.

 

Chris Tremain was another notable performer with the ball for the CA XI as he showed his class, taking 1/20 off seven overs.

 

After a tie in the first game, the series ends how it began as the CA XI win one back to finish equal on one win each at the completion of the three game series.

 

Wrapping up the drawn series, Kellaway spoke about the influence the coaches have had on the team, that includes current test captain Tim Paine on the panel.

 

“They have been really good,” Kellaway said.

 

“They have got a heap of knowledge, so we just try and tap into that as much as we can.

 

"They keep it pretty simple, but obviously, everything they say is pretty good, so I’m just trying to soak it all in at the moment.”

 

Heading into the Cricket 365 T20 series, Kellaway expressed his excitement for it.

 

“I’m really keen to get out and play some T20’s,” he said.

 

“It’s a hard caper to master and it’s going to be a good challenge.

 

“There are some good batsman and bowlers up here at the moment so it is going to be pretty red hot, I reckon, so I'm keen for it to get underway.”