NSW Metro trail ACT/NSW Country by 72 runs at stumps on day two of the final round Toyota Futures League fixture at North Dalton Park in Wollongong.
After Metro resumed at 0/2 on Tuesday, ACT/NSW Country dismissed its hosts for 206 in defence of 257. The Comets went to stumps at 0/21 with openers Matt Gilkes (13 not out) and Henry Hunt (7 not out) unbeaten at the crease.
Six bowlers shared the wickets for ACT/NSW Country. The multiple wicket takers were fast bowler Joe Kershaw (2-50) and leg-spinner Tom Engelbrecht (2-9).
Opening batsman Daniel Solway (47) and NSW Blues rookie keeper-batter Baxter Holt, who scored an unbeaten 44 from 93 balls, both made valuable contributions to keep their team in the contest.
Holt, 19, has now scored 304 runs from five Futures League matches this season at an average of 60.8, including a highest score of 151 against Western Australia.
Arguably the most important wicket for ACT/NSW Country on day two resulted from a run out.
NSW Metro captain, and Blues batsman, Nick Bertus was run out for 8 by his opposing skipper wicketkeeper-batsman Jay Lenton.
Bertus has made 387 runs at just under 40 in the Futures League this season. He is also the second leading run-scorer in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition with 1,052 runs at 75.14.
Fellow Blues batsman Ryan Gibson was also run out before his innings gained any significant momentum. He departed for 10.