Following its narrow loss in Round 1 of the 2022 National Under 19 Cricket Championships, the NT stepped out confidently in Round 2 against Tasmania at Harrup Park 5 – Roy Trevaskis Oval in Mackay but they were rarely in the contest and the Islanders triumphed by 85 runs.

Territory skipper Sam Elder won the toss and sent Tassie in to bat and when Charlie Kemp and Ellis Sherriff had the Islanders at 3-55 the decision to bowl could be considered as a measure of success. However, a succession of moderate middle order partnerships lifted the Green Caps to 6-181 after 41 overs – medium pacer Kemp struck another vital blow when he removed the enterprising Nicholas Davis (52 off 49 balls; 5x4, 3x6). But the Tassie middle order and tail continued to thwart the NT bowlers including a belligerent 51 n.o. (27 balls, 3x4, 4x6) from number eight Spencer Hayes and they managed a competitive 8-273 at the innings close.

Both Territory openers fell early and although Jayllen Naganayagam (32, 29 balls, 2x4, 3x6) gave plenty in his short stay at the crease. However, the middle order failed to impress apart from a quick-fire 35 from Harshtik Bimbral who stood alone with the bat and at the halfway mark, the Top Enders were 6-119.

A bit of a rear-guard action from Sherriff and Kemp gave the Territory a glimmer of hope but it was too little too late, and they fell 85 runs short.

Although disappointed, Territory skipper Sam Elder said there was not much that he would change.

“I won the toss and didn’t hesitate to put them in – it was the right decision and one that we were always going to do,” Elder said.

“Our bowlers kept getting wickets early, but Tassie put together a couple of strong partnerships in the middle order which was what we could not do after a reasonable start with the bat.

“We’ve got a rest day tomorrow (Saturday) and that will give us a chance to reassess particularly after such a solid performance on day one. What we are not doing well at this stage is playing out 100 overs. We have been in both games till around 30 overs in each innings with bat and ball but can’t finish. We will discuss that aspect in particular.”

Match Scores: Tasmania 8-273 (50) (Nicholas Davis 52, Spencer Hayes 51 n.o.; Charlie Kemp 3-38, Ellis Sherriff 2-36) d Northern Territory 10-188 (Harshtik Bimbral 35, Jayllen Naganayagam 32; Spencer Hayes 2-20, James Scott 2-31, Jesse Willmot 2-37, Joseph McGann 2-52).