QUALITY WIN BY U/17S
A strong all-round contribution spearheaded by skipper Sam Heazlett's classy 95 helped Queensland to a significant 20-run win over WA at the national under 17 championships today.
The result was never clear until young all-rounder Jack Wood (46no) and tailender Trent Arnold (13) added 39 for the eighth wicket to see Queensland past WA's total of 287.
The Queenslanders finished on 9-307.
"Everyone really deserves credit for this week, there was no single factor," said assistant coach Brody Grogan.
Queensland lost opener Nick Selman (13) at the start of play and were wobbling at 4-143.
But one of the stars of last year's Imparja Cup, Carlin Anderson, produced a cavalier 53 off 74 balls to put WA on the back foot.
He added 79 with Heazlett before the skipper dragged a ball back onto his stumps just five runs short of what would have been a well deserved century.
Keeper Tom Healy and Anderson followed soon after as the balance swung again.
Wood and Arnold team together for an hour to ensure the Queensland victory.
"There were several periods where our guys were good in tough circumstances," Grogan said. "It was important to get through that nasty little session last night and Matt Renshaw (49 off 136) batted time well this morning.
"Carlin came in at a precarious time and just played his natural game – he counter-punched really well.
"Then Jack and Trent did really well to guide us home."
Grogan said the victory was the more meritorious because the WA bowlers applied plenty of pressure.
Queensland goes into the second rest day with three wins to their credit and sit marginally behind Victoria on net run-rate at the top of the ladder.
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