A reality check unfolded against the NT in their Round 3 game against Victoria Metro at the Cricket Australia Under 19 National Championships in Perth. Apart from a couple of mini middle-order batting partnerships and passages of spirited bowling, the Territory failed to match it against the Victorians and were beaten by five wickets.

NT won the toss and decided to bat first at the Murdoch University Sports Ground (East Oval). It was the first time the Territory would not have to chase runs, however, a succession of early wickets saw them slide to 5-69. Batting at seven, Coby Edmondstone, held the middle order together in partnership with Banjo Waring and then skipper, Adi Dave. But with the demise of Edmondstone in particular – 52 off 68 balls faced – the opportunity to bat first and record a competitive total was lost and the NT was bowled out for 173 off 48.5 overs.

The six Metro bowlers used shared the wickets, with quick, William Lovell (3-35), being the most productive.

After Territory opening bowler, Tom Olsen, rattled the stumps of Stephen Mihelakos-James, recent first-class debutant, Jake Fraser-McGurk, was next in for the Vics. The 17 year-old Fraser-McGurk made his first-class debut for Victoria against Queensland in a Sheffield Shield match last month – his 51 runs was seen as a sign of things to come from the talented youngster.

An enterprising 68 run second-wicket partnership dominated by Fraser-McGurk followed – his innings came to an end when he chopped on to the bowling of Territory skipper, Adi Dave,  for 43 (off 38 balls faced). And when Edmondstone chipped in with another wicket three runs later, Victoria looked vulnerable but had raced to 3-128 after 20 overs. The batting mainstay was Metro opener, Dylan Brasher, who seemed content to play the anchor role, but he and Sam McConchie both fell to off-spinner Edmondstone, and the WA University import was having a good time of it.

Territory assistant coach Tom Scollay believes they were outplayed in most area’s today but agreed that the all-round performance of Edmondstone was outstanding.

“They outplayed us today but of course there were some positives – getting five wickets was good but 170 won’t win many games against good sides at this level,” said Scollay.

“Coby (Edmondstone) was outstanding. He probably left some runs out there because he got out with about five overs to go – we’ve spoken about that and he fully understands.”

Match Scores: Victoria Metro 5-176 (Jake Fraser-McGurk 43; Coby Edmondstone 3-49) d Northern Territory 10-173 (Coby Edmondstone 52; William Lovell 3-35).


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