New South Wales Blues reserve gloveman and ACT/NSW Country captain Jay Lenton has made his second century in the Toyota Futures League this season against Queensland at Chisholm No. 1 Oval in Canberra with his team in total control of the match at the end of day three.
At stumps, Queensland are 1/64 in reply to the ACT/NSW Country second innings of 8/383 declared, which gave the host a seemingly unassailable lead of 439 runs.
The two unbeaten batsmen at the close of play are Under 19 World Cup opener Max Bryant (29 not out) and Queensland captain Sam Truloff (18 not out).
Fast bowler Nathan McAndrew (1-25) snared his sixth scalp of the match late in the day with the prized wicket of former Australian opening batsman Joe Burns (15), who returned from injury in the fixture.
Lenton batted superbly on day three. He scored 109 from 217 balls in an innings that epitomized a captain’s knock.
The wicketkeeper-batsman found the boundary 12 times and cleared it once. He has scored 538 runs in the competition at an average of 53.
He was well supported throughout the day by a number of batsmen who missed their opportunities to capitalise on good starts and make big scores.
Tom Engelbrecht (49) was the second best score for ACT/NSW Country and shared a significant 61-run partnership with Lenton for the sixth wicket.
He fell one short of his half-century to the bowling of Australian Under 19 World Cup spearhead Xavier Bartlett (4-59).
Bartlett was far and away the best of the Queensland attack. The other wicket takers for the visitors included Donal Whyte (1-38), Jason Floros (1-42), Blake Edwards (1-71), and Harrison Macoun (1-106).
Jonathan Cook (35) and Blake McDonald (31) were among the number of other ACT/NSW Country batsmen who contributed for the hosts.
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