ACT/NSW Country have continued their dominance over Queensland at Manuka Oval in Canberra and require another five wickets to seal an emphatic win by an innings in round one of the Toyota Futures League.
After the hosts declared at 6/575 on day three, Queensland finished proceedings at 5/175 still 281 runs behind. Corey Hunter (54 not out) and Tom Healy (22 not out) were the two unbeaten batsmen for the visitors. Tom Pinson (2-16) has the best figures for the home side.
ACT/NSW Country resumed the day on 3/491 and lost a further three wickets before the declaration was called. Despite the loss of Blake Macdonald (56) early, ACT/NSW Country captain Jay Lenton (84) continued to build on the massive total set up by Blues’ batting duo Nick Larkin (205) and Daniel Hughes (115) over the previous two days with a 240-run opening partnership.
Lenton and Macdonald posted the third century stand of the innings for ACT/NSW Country. The pair shared a partnership worth 117 for the fourth wicket.
Like the opening day of the fixture, the home side attack squeezed the run rate of Queensland. Blues seamer Trent Copeland was at his economical best for ACT/NSW Country. He claimed the remarkable figures of 1-3 from 10 overs, including eight maidens.
The other wicket takers for the hosts were Ben Taylor (1-76) and Nathan McAndrew (1-26).
Play resumes tomorrow at 10.30am in Canberra. Full scorecard here: https://bit.ly/2PhNWZy.