ACT/NSW Country has lost its final Toyota Second XI match of the season by 10 wickets to South Australia at Phillip Oval, Canberra, on Thursday.
Chasing 233 to win, South Australia achieved the outright win in 53.3 overs with dual centurion Conor McInerney remaining 142 not out on day four. Opening partner Brad Davis was 80 not out.
McInerney also made 108 in the first innings sharing an opening stand of 128 with Davis (64).
ACT/NSW Country attained a 74-run first innings lead after dismissing South Australia for 286 in reply to 360.
Country was dismissed for 158 in the second innings. South Australia finished 0/233.
Sydney Thunder allrounder Nathan McAndrew fell agonisingly short of a century in the first innings for Country. He made 96 not out and also claimed 3-74 in that innings.
Fellow fast bowler Tom Pinson returned 3-34 from 11.5 overs.
ACT/NSW Country opener Blake Nikitaras (91) and Sixers Hayden Kerr (83) shared a 110-run partnership for the fourth wicket in the first innings.
Nikitaras finished the competition as the leading run-scorer for ACT/NSW Country with 453 runs from 12 matches including six T20 games. He posted one century and two fifties.
Leg-spinner Tom Engelbrecht was the leading wicket taker for ACT/NSW Country with 18 wickets from 12 matches including both T20 and four-day fixtures.
He is currently second on the list of leading wicket takers for the competition, seven behind Blues quick Liam Hatcher. Engelbrecht’s best figures of 5/145 came against Tasmania in round one.
ACT/NSW Country is fifth on the Second XI table wth one match remaining between third-placed NSW Metro and sixth-placed Victoria starting Monday in Wollongong.