Blues opening batsman Nick Larkin has notched his fifth consecutive century in Futures League cricket, and his third double hundred in five innings, to help build a titanic 372-run lead for ACT/NSW Country over Queensland at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
On day two of the round one Toyota Futures League fixture, Larkin amassed 205 from 320 balls. ACT/NSW Country lost only three wickets all day to finish 3/491 at stumps. Blues gloveman and, captain of the home side, Jay Lenton (44 not out) and Blake Macdonald (49 not out), were the two unbeaten batsmen.
Queensland was dismissed for 119 in the 41st over on the first day.
In his last five innings in the Futures League, Larkin has posted scores of 210, 212, 189, 129 not out and 205 at the extraordinary average of 236.25.
Larkin and fellow centurion, Blues team mate Daniel Hughes (115), provided the perfect platform for the huge total so far. The pair shared an enormous 240-run opening partnership across the first two days.
ACT/NSW Country resumed at 0/161 and, added 79 runs before the loss of Hughes, dismissed by former Eastern Suburbs player Sam Doggett (2-58).
Larkin then combined with emerging Blues batsman Jason Sangha (48) to put on 143 for the second wicket and ACT/NSW Country were by that stage in complete control. The double-centurion was finally dismissed with the score on 387.
Throughout his magnificent knock Larkin reached the boundary 26 times and hit three sixes.
The unbeaten partnership between Lenton and Macdonald is currently worth 104 and is the third century stand for the hosts in the first innings.
Play resumes tomorrow at 10.30am in Canberra. Full scorecard here: https://bit.ly/2PhNWZy.