ACT/NSW Country fast bowler Nathan McAndrew has claimed five wickets against Queensland at Chisholm No. 1 Oval, Canberra, in the Toyota Futures League with his team finishing day two 145 runs ahead.

At the close of play on day two, ACT/NSW Country is 3/89 in its second innings after it earlier bowled out Queensland for 250. McAndrew (5-50) collected his second five-wicket haul in the competition this season.

Blues reserve wicketkeeper and ACT/NSW Country captain Jay Lenton (20 not out) and Blake McDonald (9 not out) were both unbeaten at stumps.

Former Australian and New South Wales Blues batsman Peter Forrest (106) was the mainstay for Queensland during its innings. Throughout his marvellous century, he hit 15 fours and two sixes.  

Queensland resumed on the second morning at 1/20 with captain Sam Truloff (15 not out) and former Australian opener Joe Burns (5 not out), the two batsmen in the middle.

Truloff (23) didn’t last long however as he became the first victim of the day for McAndrew with the score on 34.

Australian Under 19 World Cup batsman Nathan McSweeney soon followed for a third ball duck.

The visitors were now 3-34 and on the back foot in reply to the ACT/NSW Country first innings total of 306.

While Forrest remained resolute at the crease, wickets continued to fall on a regular basis and Queensland collapsed to 6/111.

An 86-run seventh wicket partnership between Forrest and wicketkeeper Mitchell Fry (32) added some respectability to the Queensland score, and a late contribution by Australian Under 19 World Cup fast bowler Xavier Bartlett (39) down the order, reduced the ACT/NSW Country lead to 56 on the first innings.     

Leg-spinner Tom Engelbrecht (2-40) returned second best figures for ACT/NSW Country.

Bartlett (2-9) picked up the wickets of both ACT/NSW Country openers, Henry Hunt (14) and Justin Avendano (15), to keep Queensland in the contest.

However, Matthew Gilkes (24) and Lenton consolidated the situation for the home side before Gilkes fell to the off-spin of Jason Floros (1-9). 

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