ACT/NSW Country middle order batter Beau McClintock scored his maiden Second XI century on Monday during day one of the match against NSW Metro at Blacktown International Sportspark No. 1.
McClintock made 113 from 183 balls sharing a 196-run fifth wicket partnership with Daniel Leerdam (85) in a total of 7/280.
Earlier, ACT/NSW Country skipper and Sydney Thunder keeper, Jay Lenton won the toss and elected to bat, which proved to be a good call after ending the day in a strong position, despite a shaky start to the innings.
With ACT/NSW Country opening batsman Rhys Healy dismissed for 3 in the fourth over, the city boys would have been liking their chances of wrapping up the innings quickly.
Blake Nikitaras (34) and Justin Avendano (31) managed to steady the ship somewhat with a 53-run partnership before Avendano was caught by Charlie Stobo off the bowling of paceman Ryan Hadley (2-24).
Seamer Stobo also picked up 2-60 from 21 overs.
When Nikitaras was run out and Lenton caught behind by wicketkeeper Tyran Liddiard off Hadley for just 6, it was nearing panic stations for the Country boys at 4/82.
Fortunately, Leerdam and McClintock managed to salvage the innings.
Stumps was called not long after allrounder Tom Engelbrecht was dismissed for a duck after being trapped leg before wicket by leg-spinner Daniel Fallins (1-51) on the second last ball of the 96th and final over of the day.
For Metro, Ryan Hadley was certainly the pick of the bowlers, claiming two wickets and conceding less than two runs per over during his 15 overs.