NSW Metro has showed grit and determination to stay in the contest on day three of its Toyota Futures League match against Victoria at Blacktown International Sports Park No. 2.
At the close of play NSW Metro is 8/303 in its second innings, an overall lead of 101. The unbeaten batsmen in the middle are teenage Blues all-rounder Arjun Nair (48 not out) and Blues paceman Charlie Stobo (3 not out)
Nair was among a number of teenagers to make solid contributions for NSW Metro on the third day. Fellow teenager Jordan Gauci (69) top scored for the hosts and Australian Under 19 World Cup all-rounder, 17 year-old Jack Edwards (40), also chipped with a valuable knock.
Victorian left-arm quick Jackson Coleman returned best figures for the away team of 3-70.
NSW Metro resumed on the third morning at 0/22 with Jordan Gauci (12 not out) and Axel Cahlin (9 not out) unbeaten at the crease, and despite the loss of Cahlin (12) and Blues batsman Ryan Gibson (9), Gauci provided the anchor the home side required, as NSW Metro reached the 100 mark two wickets down.
Gauci departed with the score on 118, caught behind from the bowling of Coleman, and another regroup was required when the wickets of Nick Bertus (18) and Australian Under 19 World Cup wicketkeeper Baxter Holt (8) followed shortly after.
A 75-run partnership between the two teenagers Edwards and Nair stabilised the innings for NSW Metro, as both young men showed composure at the crease.
Edwards innings came to a halt when dismissed in the final session of play by the off-spin of Matthew Short (1-18).
The final two wickets to fall before stumps included Blues off-spinner and NSW Metro skipper, Will Somerville (15), and Blues seamer Gurinder Sandhu (24).
The other wicket takers for Victoria included Australian Under 19 World Cup all-rounder Will Sutherland (2-32) and Xavier Crone (2-65).
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