Emerging batsman Blake Macdonald has helped ACT/NSW Country establish an imposing lead on day three of the round 10 Toyota Futures League match against Tasmania at Phillip Oval in Canberra.
Macdonald, 20, top-scored with an unbeaten 71 from as many balls in the second innings and helped ACT/NSW Country set Tasmania 346 for victory. The visitors were 0/12 at stumps, on Wednesday, with openers Macalister Wright (7 not out) and Jack White (1 not out) unbeaten at the crease.
Earlier, Tasmania resumed the day at 6/129 and was bowled out for 276. A late order revival led by swing bowler Sam Rainbird with 63 from 77 added some respectability to the score for the visitors.
Hamish Kingston also scored 58 from 145 balls. ACT/NSW Country then added 202 to the lead before the declaration was made two wickets down.
Macdonald has now scored 392 runs at an average of 49 in the Futures League this season including three fifties.
He shared an unbeaten 117-run third-wicket partnership with Blues batsman Jason Sangha, 19, to take the lead past 300. Sangha remained 46 not out from 71 balls.
Sydney Thunder wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Gilkes also made a half-century. He made 51 from 80 deliveries and his opening stand with Henry Hunt (24) added 83.
Four bowlers picked up two wickets each in an impressive display by the ACT/NSW Country attack during the first innings.
Blues seamer Trent Copeland followed his 60 from 85 balls with the bat in the first innings with figures of 2-50 from 17 overs.
The pace of Joe Kershaw and Nathan McAndrew also accounted for four of the ten wickets.
Kershaw was particularly impressive with 2-30 from 13 overs. McAndrew collected 2-64.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Ben Taylor was also good. He claimed 2-31 from 17 overs including seven maidens.