The lower order for ACT/NSW Country added an important 212 runs for the last four wickets on day one of its Toyota Futures League match against Queensland at Chisholm No. 1 Oval, Canberra, and are in a good position heading into the second day.
At stumps, Queensland is 1/20 after ACT/NSW Country recovered from 6/94 to be bowled out for 306.
The two unbeaten men at the crease are Queensland captain Sam Truloff (15 not out), and former Australian opening batsman Joe Burns (5 not out), who is making his return from injury in this match.
Opening bowler Nathan McAndrew (1-12) claimed the scalp of Australian Under 19 World Cup opener Max Bryant for a first ball duck.
Half-centuries to Jonathan Cook (56) and Tom Engelbrecht (51), as well as solid contributions from Shane Devoy (45) and Nathan McAndrew (44), were pivotal to the ACT/NSW Country on the first day.
Blues reserve gloveman and ACT/NSW Country captain, Jay Lenton, won the toss earlier in the day and elected to bat first, but early inroads by Queensland took away any advantage that decision may have offered.
There were promising signs from Henry Hunt (18) and Justin Avendano (18) with the score at 0/36, before Avendano was the first to depart and a steady stream of wickets ensued.
The hosts lost 6-58 and the situation turned grim for ACT/NSW Country.
However, a 64-run partnership between Engelbrecht and Cook steadied the ship and the tail began to wag.
That partnership was followed by another between Cook and McAndrew worth 71 runs and the final two wickets added 77.
Lenton made 21 from 59 balls before he was run out by Truloff, and Australian Under 19 World Cup captain Jason Sangha (1) barely troubled the scorers.
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