UNDER 17S FINISH THIRD
Queensland have finished third at the National Under 17 Championships after NSW powered to a comfortable win in the final match in Hobart today.
The young Blues leapfrogged Queensland into second place after making 6-310 declared in reply to the Maroons' 225.
All of the Blues top order made runs, with Thomas Jagot (87), captain Jake Doran and Zac Churchill making half-centuries.
Strike bowlers Nathan Lyons and Trent Arnold were unable to make a breakthrough after excellent weeks and Matthew Kuhnemann finished with the bowling honours, taking the top three in the batting order for 41 off 20 overs.
"We weren't quite disciplined enough with our bowling early and were as bit both sides of the wicket," said assistant coach Brody Grogan. "Once NSW got past our score they went hard and we probably struggled with that a bit too.
Even though Victoria bowled out WA for 185 to cement the championship, NSW declared 85 in front, hoping to run through the Queenslanders and grab outright points.
That never looked likely, with the Queensland openers Matt Renshaw (69no) and Nick Selman (23) laying a solid platform, the team eventually finishing at 1-110.
Renshaw finished as the leading runscorer of the tournament with 296 at an average of 98.67. Skipper Sam Heazlett, who finished on 17 not out, was sixth overall with 211 runs at 70.33.
Lyons was Queensland's leading wicket-taker and No.7 overall with 11 victims at 21.18. Arnold finished with eight at 22.75.
"We were really happy with the way we finished the day," Grogan said of the solid batting performance when there was little to play for. "All three batsmen looked very good and in control.
"It has been a very positive week where the team has played a lot of good cricket.
"There were just a couple of key moments against Victoria and NSW where we didn't respond as well as we could have but all in all it has been very positive. And that is from a lifeskills and touring perspective as well."
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