Northern Territory again failed at the batting crease and the side was well beaten by Victoria Metro in Round 4 of the male Under 17 Cricket National Championships being played at the Harrup Park Complex in Mackay.

NT skipper, Banjo Waring, won the toss and elected to bat.  After losing a couple of early wickets, including the run-out of Tom Kelaart, Waring, in partnership with Ethan Anderson (16) and Harshtik Bimbral worked to steady the slide, but with the departure of Waring (41) and Sam Elder, run out without scoring, the NT slumped to 5-85 at the half-way mark of their innings.  Following the departure of Bimbral, who compiled a patient 24 off 53 deliveries, any resistance from the batting side crumbled and apart from William Pilkington (12), no other NT player reached double figures. The Territory was bowled out for 120 after 43.1 overs.

Best for the Vic’s was all-rounder, Daniel Deasy, who took 4-42 off 15 overs of controlled off-spin.

While batting, Victoria Metro made light work of the Territory bowling attack and reached their target without losing a wicket after facing only 23 overs – winning by 10 wickets.

Match Scores: Victoria Metro 0-122 (Spencer Wood 63 n.o., Angus Newman 44 n.o.) d Northern Territory 10-120 (Banjo Waring 41; Daniel Deasy 4-42)

Next for the NT is a Semi-Final on Tuesday.