The Queensland Under-17 side has made a bright start to the National championship campaign in Mackay with two wins in their opening two games.
Queensland pulled off an important result under lights last night at the Ray Mitchell Oval as they held their nerve to defeat arch rivals NSW Metro by one wicket.
NSW Metro were bowled out for 181 with Toombul paceman Aubrey Stockdale the pick of the bowlers taking 3-29. Ryley Smith 53 and Jordan Watson 47 contributed substantially to NSW Metro’s score, but ultimately could not prevent the side from being bowled out in the last over of the innings.
In response, Redlands batsman Stephan Muller, a protege of Australian Ashes revelation Marnus Labuschagne, scored a classy 78 before being dismissed.
In the end it was Gold Coast's Lachlan Crump's innings which was arguably the crux of Queensland’s victory. At 9-151 needing 31 to win, Crump produced a score of 41 not out to squeeze Queensland over the line for their second win in the National Championships.
NSW Metro all out 181 (Ryley Smith 53, Aubrey Stockdale 3-29, Overs 49.3) def by Queensland 9/182 (Stephan Muller 78, Liam Doddrell 3-28, Overs 48.1).
Earlier, Queensland accounted for Victorian Country to open their account.
Classy knocks from middle-order batsmen Tobias Snell (69) and Jack Sinfield (65) helped Queensland to a resounding victory over Victoria Country at the Roy Trevaskis Oval. Snell’s innings was off just 67 balls and consisted of five fours.
Joshua Garner’s tremendous bowling performance kept Victoria Country in the game after taking 4-65. However, this was little consolation as Queensland reached a sizeable total of 7-284.
Tom Scott’s unbeaten 75 off 71 for Victoria Country managed to lift their score to 7-231 after 50 overs.
Joshua Smith was Queensland’s best taking 3-61.
Queensland 7-284 (Snell 69, Sinfield 65, Garner 4-65, Overs: 50) def Victoria Country 7-231 (Scott 75*, Smith 3-61, Overs 50).