It has been another couple of frustrating results for the Tasmanian Under 17 team at the National Championships in Queensland, falling short against South Australia and Victoria Metro.
After winning the toss and electing to bat against South Australia on Thursday, Tasmania put up its best batting performance of the National Championships thus far, posting 9-232.
Samuel Lewis-Johnson was the star, scoring 83 not out from 81 deliveries to put his side in a strong position. Lewis Drury (39) and Jack McCulloch (33) also played valuable innings.
South Australia built top-order partnerships in reply, eventually hauling in the total in the 47th over and winning by four wickets. James Curran picked up two scalps for Tasmania.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first against Vic Metro yesterday, the Tasmanians were on fire with the ball from the start which saw the Vics crumble to 9-61.
But a tenth-wicket partnership of 76 saw Vic Metro’s score resurrected slightly, bowled out for 137 with five overs remaining in their inning.
Opening bowler Fletcher Keeling was the star, picking up 4-35 from his ten overs.
Lewis-Johnson continued his excellent form, netting 3-21 from eight completed overs while Joshua Henley, Samuel O’Mahony and Blake Cassidy also collected wickets.
Tasmania were cruising in their chase at 4-90, but collapsed to be bowled out for 120. Kade Applebee was the standout player, scoring 39 which put Tasmania in a position to win.
Cricket Tasmania Talent Manager Ben Rohrer said it was a bitter pill for the team to swallow.
“We started well with the bat, there was a really positive intent from our batters which had been a focus for the last few days,” he said.
“Kade Applebee batted beautifully to get us into a great position to win but unfortunately couldn’t quite clear the long boundary and got caught.
“There was some really good stuff in terms of the boys listening to the coaching and implementing game plans, but some poor cricket at crucial times was costly.”
Tasmania take on ACT/NSW Country in Brisbane tomorrow. You can stay up to date with the National Championships at www.nationalchamps.com.au.