The NT opened its 2020 Male Under 15 National Cricket Championships campaign against Tasmania at the Alfredton Recreation Reserve in Ballarat and were beaten by eight wickets.
Tasmania won the toss and decided to take to the field. Without any form of solid domestic competition behind them, the NT top-order batsmen failed to impress and a steady stream of wickets followed suggesting the Tassie decision to bowl first was sound.
NT coach, Darren Treumer, said after the game that the wicket had a green tinge and his side would have also bowled if they won the toss.
At 5-74 after 32 overs, the NT was in a spot of bother with only Daniel Christianson, batting at four, able to maintain some presence at the crease. The patient Christianson (56 n.o. – 98 balls faced), found an ally in Lachlan Gallagher and the pair shared a 47-run ninth wicket partnership which lifted their team to a respectable 10-142.
Wickets were shared by the Tasmanian bowlers with left-arm orthodox, Jesse Willmott (2-25 off 10 overs), doing the bulk of the damage in the Territory batting middle-order.
NT started positively with the ball and opening bowler Jaxon Treumer claimed the first wicket with a mere 17 runs on the board, however, a 79-run second wicket partnership put Tasmania back in the game at 2-96 after 22 overs. A productive and unbroken third wicket partnership guided Tasmania home by eight wickets.
The Territory coach identified some positives like batting out the full 50 overs but was disappointed at the lack of batting and bowling partnerships.
“Without making excuses, it is true that we haven’t played a solid match in five months – but having said that it was some fundamentals that were most obvious,” Treumer said.
“Clearly there were not enough batting and bowling partnerships to put pressure on the opposition – to win any game they are important ingredients.”
“But we will talk more about those aspects and use Daniel (Christianson) as an example – he was patient and provided an anchor for our batting.”
“Jaxon (Treumer) was the fastest of the bowlers on either team and although he took an early wicket, he, together with others, tended to bowl the wrong lines and we suffered with too many wides – almost another batsman worth of extras.”
Tasmania: 2-143 (32.6) (Tom Murrell 50 n.o.) d Northern Territory: 10-142 (50) (Daniel Christianson 56 n.o.; Jesse Willmott 2-25).