Matt Belford of the Darling Downs team making quick runs between wickets.
Matt Belford of the Darling Downs team making quick runs between wickets. Elise Cottam

Jake and Joel both hit tons

NORTHERN Territory firmed as the Denis Schaefer Trophy favourites with a 159-run win over Metropolitan South West yesterday at Salter Oval.

Young gun Jake Weatherald was the star with the bat, notching 111, the third hundred of his career, as his side reached 212. He came in when his team was in strife at 2-17 and walked back to the pavilion a happy man after a magnificent innings.

“It was probably up there with the best I’ve batted. It was great to get a hundred and get some more runs after coming all the way from the Northern Territory,” he said.

Opposition coach and former international umpire Peter Parker lauded the young talent.

“He had great stroke play, but an even better attitude. He’s definitely a player to watch and he has all the potential,” he said.

Weatherald’s efforts were matched by tiny leg spinner Akash Patel, who bamboozled the opposition to finish with 5-13.

Meanwhile, South East Queensland’s Joel Hall carried his bat to post the second ton of the day on the opposing field.

His 104 not out set up an imposing 226 run target and Harrison Sims (5-17) made sure Darling Downs could only manage 148.

Bundaberg were deemed to have won their day two game against the Gold Coast, after match referee Ray Haylock made the ruling yesterday afternoon.

But the host team just missed out on making it two from two against Sunshine Coast.

The Coast, who were also given the points for their rain-affected game on day two, remained unbeaten by chasing Bundaberg’s 137 with just one wicket in hand.

Brisbane North made 8-171 against Gold Coast, Craig Pereira (42) and Stuart Hutton (41*) doing the damage.

Mitch Lovett claimed 3-23 for Gold Coast with a fine spell of bowling.

Angus Porter took 3-20 to restrict Gold Coast to just 89.

Officials were tallying points last night to determine who faced off in semi-finals today.

Top batsmen

Jake Weatherald (NT) — 111

Joel Hall (SEQ) — 104*

Sam Strong (SEQ) — 53

Ben Webster (DD) — 46

Craig Pereira (BN) — 42

Stuart Hutton (BN) — 41*

Fletcher Hagen (SC) — 36*

Matt Gavin (B) — 23

Top bowlers

Akash Patel (NT) 5-13

Harrison Sims (SEQ) — 5-17

Nick Golding (SC) — 3-16

Angus Porter (BN) — 3-20

Mitch Lovett (GC) and Matt Keyte (SEQ) — 3-23

Ibbi Zia (B) — 3-24

Jordan Nantes (MSW) — 3-31

RESULTS

NT 9-212 d MSW 53

SC 144 d BBERG 137

BN 8-171 d GC 89

SEQ 6-226 d DD 148



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