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
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
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
ACT/NSW Country v Western Australia at Gliderol
*The 2016-17 Under 19 National Championships Final will
be live-streamed via cricket.com.au
Scores in brief:
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)