Round 5

NT lose by 41 runs to ACT/NSW Country at the Under 19 Cricket National Championships

ACT/NSW Country were better in most areas against NT in their Round 5 match at the Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships in Perth and won by 41 runs. The Territory struggled to take wickets and failed to build an innings after most batsmen got starts.

ACT/NSW Country won the toss and elected to bat first at the Stevens Reserve (West Oval) in Fremantle. Unlike the previous Round, no restrictions were required, but the NT opened the bowling with the pace/spin combination from the outset, but to little avail, as the Combined team raced to 100 without loss in the twenty-first over. The Willian Fort / Nicholas Broes partnership continued on its merry way until it came unstuck when Brendan Haylett had Broes caught at the wicket for an even half-century - the stand was worth 139.

With wickets in hand, the ACT/NSW rush-for-runs commenced in the fortieth over, but in the main, the Territory bowlers held their nerve and bowled with good discipline, finally restricting the opposition to 3-250 after the 50 overs. Fort nudged his way to a century in the forty-sixth over – finishing at 119 n.o. (174 balls faced).

By contrast with ACT/NSW, NT lost an early wicket, and while the next seven batsmen got starts, none was able to build an innings or put together a match winning partnership.

Territory coach, Udara Weerasinghe, believes it was a game that got away from them.

“It was a flat track and wickets were hard to come by, but ACT/NSW made better use when batting,” said Weerasinghe.

“Our bowlers toiled hard but the batsmen didn’t capitalise on the starts they got. One partnership and we win the game – simple as that.”

Match Scores: ACT/NSW Country 3-250 (William Fort 119 n.o., Nicholas Broes 50; Sam Bammant 2-45) d Northern Territory 9-209 (Jai Elcock 35; Rupert Lilburn 3-39, Brock Larance 2-29).


Round 6

Solid SA middle order batting too good for NT at the Under 19 Cricket National Championships

In the first of the pool cross-over games, NT were drawn to play South Australia at the Stevens Reserve (West Oval) in Fremantle.  The Territory couldn’t match a strong SACA middle order batting partnership and that proved the difference between the teams - NT went down by 137 runs.

SA won the toss and elected to bat first and after 10 overs they were 2-42 with seamer Rajdeep Singh claiming both wickets in a sustained early spell.  Skipper, Adi Dave, chipped in with the third wicket and SA were looking a little shaky, but a solid fourth wicket partnership between Thomas Kelly and Joshua Hoffmann - 163 runs - turned the game in the Red-caps favour.  Kelly was the batting mainstay with 125 n.o. (141 balls faced). Singh toiled hard for the Territory and was rewarded with three wickets in SA’s total 5-269.

The Territory top order batting failed to come to terms with the SA bowling and slumped to 4-33. Batting at five, Daniel Mylius, set himself to be the anchor and although he received some support, no substantial partnerships followed and they were bowled out for 132 in 38 overs.  Leg spinner, Will Bowering, did the damage, taking 5-29 off his allotted 10 overs.

Territory coach, Udara Weerasinghe, was upbeat about the bowling after the game but said the batting was again below what he expects and what the players are capable of.

“Again we bowled pretty well and held them to around 270. Rajdeep in particular had his best game – he is a strong boy and today bowled good lines at reasonable pace,” Weerasinghe said.

“The batting is a problem at the moment. There is nothing wrong with the skill-set of the players. We don’t put pressure on the opposition bowlers by working harder at building partnerships.”

“At the end of the day, we are making too many poor decisions when batting – punish the bad ball by all means, but we must work away harder looking for ones and twos. That’s what we will talk about before our next game – it is the mind-set that must improve.”

Match Scores: South Australia 5-269 (Thomas Kelly 125 n.o., Joshua Hoffmann 80; Rajdeep Singh 3-51) d Northern Territory 10-132 (Daniel Mylius 32; Will Bowering 5-29).