WA Qualifies For U19 Nationals Final
14 December 2016  

Western Australia and ACT/NSW Country will face off in the 2016-17 Under 19 National Championship Final on Thursday in Adelaide.

WA produced a commanding performance in their semi-final against Victoria Country, while ACT/NSW Country edged past NSW Metro in a final-over thriller. 

At Gliderol Stadium, NSW Metro were sent in, but Ryan Hackney’s second century of the carnival guided his side to a total of 8-226. 

Hackney scored 110 - taking his tournament aggregate to 487 runs in the process - while ACT/NSW Country quick Jason Ralston picked up 3-38. 

In reply, NSW Metro struck twice early, before ACT/NSW Country skipper Blake Macdonald (71) and Callan McKiernan (40) led the fightback.

The match went down to the final over, with important contributions from middle-order batters Ben Taylor (53*) and Tom Engelbrecht (36) ensuring ACT/NSW Country won through to the final. 

At Park 25, VIC Country won the toss and batted first, but WA’s bowlers - led by Liam Knight (3-22) and Brad Hope (2-32) struck at regular intervals.Victorian Bushrangers rookie Blake Thomson top-scored with 69 as his side was dismissed for 203. 

WA openers Matt Spoors (39) and Daniel Moore (66) got their run chase off to a flying start, putting on 51 for the first wicket. At 1-130, WA looked set to cruise to victory - before four wickets from spinners Matthew Milne and Thomson had WA 5-174. 

But from there, Cameron Green and Liam Knight held their nerve to see their side through to the big dance.

 *Photo credit Brody Grogan

2016-17 Under 19 National Championships Final 

ACT/NSW Country v Western Australia at Gliderol Stadium, 10am

*The 2016-17 Under 19 National Championships Final will be live-streamed via cricket.com.au 

Scores in brief: Semi-finals 

New South Wales Metro 8-226 off 50 overs (R. Hackney 110, J. Gauci 47, J. Ralston 3-38) def by ACT/NSW Country 6-227 off 49.3 overs (B. Macdonald 71, B. Taylor 53*, C. McKiernan 40) 

Victoria Country 203 off 47.5 overs (B. Thomson 69, L. Knight 3-22) def by Western Australia 5-206 off 35.2 overs (D. Moore 66, M. Spoors 39)