In a restricted overs game against WA played at the Wesley College (Rossiter Oval) facility in Perth, NT put together a dynamic team performance to win by five wickets.
Due to forecast extreme high temperatures, Cricket Australia implemented its Heat Policy on all Round 4 games at the Under 19 National Championship – resulting in later than normal starts and restricting teams to 30 overs.
Before the game, Territory coach, Udara Weerasinghe, who although agreeing with the Policy implementation, said any strategy developed would need quick revision.
“It’s forecast to be extremely hot today so a late start (1.30pm) and 30 overs restriction have been sensibly implemented,” said Weerasinghe.
“I can’t say whether it is good or bad for us – only time will tell because all our energy has been in preparing for 50 over games. But the same fundamentals apply - we are here to develop skills and work on deficiencies no matter what form of the game we play.”
“All games at this level are a challenge – more so now that we have a couple of injuries and with the revised playing conditions which restrict bowlers in particular.”
WA won the toss and elected to bat first against a Territory bowling attack that was a mixture of pace and spin from the outset. Off-spinner, Coby Edmondstone, was the first to taste success – a run out and WA were 2-69 at the halfway mark of 15 overs. Once seamer, Wilson Ryan, got rid of stubborn yellow-cap opener, Jayden Goodwin, it was the Territory spinners who stepped in and each took two wickets in WA’s compulsory close total of 9-176.
Comparatively, one run separated the teams at the halfway mark of each innings – after 15 overs the NT was 1-70.
However, in a workmanlike team effort, set up by top four Ashley Chandrasinghe, Jet Liebke, Jai Elcock and Coby Edmondstone, Adi Dave and Sam Elder iced the cake and lifted the NT to a well worked victory.
Match Scores: Northern Territory 5-177 (Coby Edmondstone 46, Ashley Chandrasinghe 34) d Western Australia 9-176 (Jayden Goodwin 53; Adi Dave 2-21, Coby Edmondstone 2-27, Brendan Haylett 2-39).