Territory v Coast in decider
THE familiar sight of rain clouds loomed over Salter Oval for day four’s semi-final action in the under-15 development tournament.
It did not take them long to open up, with all games abandoned midway through the day.
The no-result outcome meant the teams’ original points tally after Wednesday decided today’s finals.
Northern Territory, who were well and truly in the box seat after amassing 8-258 against Brisbane North, will play Sunshine Coast, who were also in control, albeit not as comfortably in their match with South East Queensland.
Territory, defending the Denis Schaefer Trophy they won last year, will start as hot favourites after cruising through the pool stages of the competition.
Their depth in bowling and batting, as well as enthusiasm in the field, will be hard to match.
But Sunshine Coast, who scraped through their rain-affected match with Brisbane North before a one-wicket victory against Bundaberg on Wednesday, has nothing to lose.
Only 2.5 points separated position three to six on the ladder, indicating the spread of talent and tense finishes witnessed at Salter Oval so far this week.
In yesterday’s games, the Territory’s Jake Weatherald continued his good form this week, reaching 57, but it was Ben Ellis who left his mark yesterday, cruising to an unbeaten 88.
Sam Heyward (3-33) and Angus Porter (2-45) both came away from their spells against the top side with figures to be proud of.
Ellis’s top innings was not the only highlight with the willow, as Josh Rowe hit the third hundred of the carnival.
His 100 runs helped the Met South West innings and they reached 8-204.
Mikael Wheeler toiled hard with the ball and was rewarded with figures of 4-27.
Home team Bundaberg had set up another tense game when they worked to a respectable 9-150.
Matt Gavin once again starred with the bat, top-scoring with 45.
His partner-in-crime Ibbi Zia also featured again, making 36 to continue his good carnival.
Despite only reaching 123 after batting first, Sunshine Coast had the upper hand, leaving South East Queensland reeling at 2-5.
Earlier, Jamie Brown did his best in tough batting conditions, top-scoring for the Coast with 25.
Gold Coast may be wallowing at the bottom of the ladder, but Mikael Wheeler had reason to smile when he ripped through the batting attack with 4-35.