A century to opening batsman and NSW Blues rookie Ryan Hackney has guided NSW Metro back into the contest against ACT/NSW Country on day two of their Toyota Second XI match at Blacktown International Sports Park No. 1.
The temperature may have reached a sweltering 37 degrees in Sydney’s far west on Tuesday, but the former Australian Under 19s representative Hackney defied the heat as he smacked 13 fours on his way to 116 in a total of 6/287.
ACT/NSW Country was bowled out for 325 with Blues and Sydney Sixers leg-spinner Daniel Fallins (3-62) returning best figures.
It was Hackney’s second century at Second XI level just a little under a month since his maiden hundred against South Australia, in his last match. He shared a 167-run partnership with first drop Tim Ward (88).
Left-arm orthodox spinner Ben Taylor (2-46) picked up Hackney's wicket late in the day caught behind by wicketkeeper Jay Lenton. The wickets were spread evenly amongst the Country bowlers, with Taylor, Blues left-arm quick Gregory West and Jayden Park each claiming two scalps.
A target of 325 seemed a daunting task for Metro after ACT/NSW Country’s first innings concluded less than 10 overs into the morning session.
But Hackney and Ward were up to the challenge and Metro trailed by just 38 runs with four wickets in hand leading into day three.
Allrounder Param Uppal was the only other batter to get amongst the runs, scoring a tidy 28 off 57 balls. He remains unbeaten alongside Fallins (8 not out). Both men will be looking to add some quick runs to their tally in the early part of day three.