Queensland was the Territory’s opponent in Round 2 of the 2020 Male Under 15 National Cricket Championships – the venue was C E Brown Reserve, Oval #1 in Wendouree, North Ballarat.

NT batted first after winning the toss and immediately suffered a couple of setbacks – a wicket and opener Saxon Theodore-Smith who retired hurt.

“The wicket was popping a bit and he (Saxon) tried to leave a ball from a tall quick but it got big on him and whacked him on the forearm; we immediately thought it was broken,” said NT coach, Darren Treumer.

“But it was only bruised, and he bravely came back later in the innings.”

A solid second wicket 77-run partnership between Daniel Christianson and Thomas Menzies got the Territorians back on solid ground at 1-83 after 30 overs. When Menzies (42) was run out, it signalled a need for the middle and late order to capitalise, but apart from Jaxon Treumer (23) there was little resistance – Maroon off-spinner, Ashton Gumm, did the damage taking the last three wickets from four balls.

Queensland put on 41 runs for the first wicket before Jaxon Treumer chipped in and knocked over opener Charles Moore – but despite numerous bowling changes, no further wickets were taken.

After the game Darren Treumer lamented the number of runs his side left in the field when batting and also a lack of application against spinners.

 “We left about 50 runs in the field when batting – poor running and continually hitting hard to fielders rather than looking for gaps,” Treumer said.

“The bowling lines were a little better today but too often we bowled without pause and thought – we need to again address that issue.”

“We haven’t played anywhere near our full potential for long enough during games – we don’t lack talent and once our mindset improves, we will be competitive at this level.”

Match Scores

Queensland: 1-153 (21.4) (Harry Sheppard 57 n.o., Hugh Weibgen 57 n.o.) d Northern Territory: 10-152 (47.6) (Thomas Menzies 42, Daniel Christianson 33; Ashton Gumm 3-1).