After a brave showing in their opening game, NT clawed their way to a memorable win over Tasmania in their Round 2 game at the Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships in Perth. Lead by captain Adi Dave, the Territory triumphed by one wicket in a tense game of cricket.
Tasmania won the toss and decided to bat first at the Iluka Sports Complex (Oval 2) in suburban Perth.
A run out and a wicket each to Rajdeep Singh, Coby Edmondstone and Tom Olsen reduced Tassie to 4-62 after 20 overs – particularly impressive was leftarm quick, Olsen, who conceded a mere 11 runs off his first five overs.
A solid 56 run fifth wicket partnership put the Islanders back on track but the overs were ticking along with economical left arm orthodox pair, Adi Dave and Brendan Haylett, again bowling in tandem through the crucial middle overs. A wicket each to Dave and Haylett and Tasmania were 7-134 after 40 overs. A steady stream of wickets followed with off-spinner, Edmondstone, bowling at the death outstanding – taking 4-27 off ten overs in Tasmania’s 10-172 total.
Tassie bowlers also grabbed four early wickets and the NT were wobbling at 4-85 after 20 overs. Playing a lone hand, batting at the top of the order, Jet Liebke, seemed to be the NT hope of securing victory but when he was dismissed for 69, giving him back-to-back half-centuries in the Championship, the Territory had slumped to 6-112 and looked in trouble with only Dave and the tail to run down a victory.
The steely Territory captain was at his best batting with the tail, and with his spinning mate, Haylett, they put on 34 runs for the tenth wicket to finish at 9-174.
Assistant coach, Tom Scollay, was philosophical about the win but insisted it was a complete team effort – bat, ball and in the field.
“Look, this is about development and giving youngsters a chance to express themselves as cricketers – but we will take the wins when they come,” Scollay said.
“The wicket today was slow, it had variable bounce and turned a bit so batting was not easy. Jet (Liebke) was great at the top but Adi (Dave) showed maturity beyond his years batting at the end – he played the role beautifully.”
“We showed a bit yesterday (in Round 1 against NSW Metro) and came here today expecting to win – and we did.”
Match Scores: Northern Territory: 9-174 (Jet Liebke 69, Adi Dave 30 n.o.; Caedence Kuepper 4-31) d Tasmania: 10-172 (Nicholas Davis 28; Coby Edmondstone 4-27, Rajdeep Singh 2-21).