QLD-WA U/17S EVENLY POISED
The Queenslanders have a fight on their hands in the third round of the Australian Under 17 championships in Hobart with their two-day contest against WA evenly poised.
WA finished all out for 287 and Queensland are 0-26 at stumps, surviving a testing last hour.
It could have been a far bigger run chase confronting the Queenslanders after a flat opening session but they responded in the second part.
WA were 2-162 and 3-209 but none of their top order was able to go on to a big score after all made starts.
Opening batsman Nick Selman was a key for Queensland, dismissing the two openers in his first spell and then claiming the key wicket of Bevan Bennell (51).
Paceman Nathan Lyons raced through the tail to prevent the West Australians, last year’s champions, from reaching 300.
Selman finished with 3-21 from 11 overs of fast-medium pace, then went out and batted for 53 minutes for 13 not out at the end of the day.
Lyons had 3-48 off 15.3 overs, while Trent Arnold (1-33 off 14), Lachlan Porter (1-32 off 10) and Matthew Kuhnemann (1-37 off 12) were solid.
“We did have to work hard today,” assistant coach Brody Grogan said. “WA applied themselves really well and we were a little impatient early.
“We dropped a couple of catches that didn’t help us but we found our groove after lunch.
“We certainly needed Selman’s first spell and his return catch was a belter. Lyons also bowled really well at the end.”
Grogan added the message to the Queensland batsman was to capitalise on their starts tomorrow.
“There was a fair bit of grass on the pitch but it has played well – we just have to play straight and leave well,” he said.
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