Victoria (3-233) defeated Cricket Australia XI (9-232)
A 94-run innings from Harry Nielsen was not enough for Cricket Australia XI to keep the Bushrangers at bay, falling to Victoria with seven wickets in hand. After being set a total of 9-232, the Bushrangers chased down the total in the 39th over, led by a scintillating unbeaten century from Peter Handscomb.
Handscomb notched up 103 runs off merely 73 deliveries, at a strike rate of 141.1, forming a game-winning partnership with Seb Gotch, who scored 51 in his own right. Peter Siddle was the pick of the Victorian bowlers, registering 2/20 in 10 overs, including two maidens. Mark Steketee claimed 2 scalps with ball in hand for Cricket Australia, but it was not enough to climb off the bottom of the standings.
Tasmania (6-315) defeated South Australia (186)
Tasmanian captain George Bailey top-scored with 86 runs in his side’s domination of South Australia. Setting an impressive total of 316 runs for victory, South Australia were bowled out in the 40th over for a meagre 186.
Ben Dunk and Cameron Boyce each claimed three wickets for Tasmania, whilst Matthew Wade and Alex Doolan both chipped in with the bat. For South Australia, skipper Callum Ferguson top scored with 43 runs, with Alex Carey’s 41-run innings the only other major contributor. The victory was Tasmania’s first of the JLT Cup for 2017, and will be looking to make it two straight wins against Cricket Australia XI.
Western Australia (3-301) defeated Queensland (9-292)
Western Australia and Queensland went blow for blow in a high-scoring affair, with Michael Klinger and Michael Neser scoring explosive centuries for their respective states.
Klinger opened the batting for WA and delivered in spades with a superb knock of 128 runs off 120 deliveries, before Michael Neser responded in fine style with 122 runs off only 81 deliveries. Unfortunately for Neser it wasn’t quite enough to steer his side to victory, with Matthew Kelly ripping through the Queensland side with bowling figures of 4/25 off 8 overs, including two maidens.
For Queensland, none of the bowlers were able to stem the flow of W.A runs, with Ben Cutting finishing with the best figures of 2/64 off eight overs. It was Western Australia’s fourth win in as many games, keeping its unbeaten record in tact, with Queensland slipping to a win/loss record of 2-2.
South Australia (6-356) defeated Victoria (8-345)
A wicket on debut for Will Sutherland was a shining light on an otherwise disappointing day for Victoria.
Sutherland, who elected to pursue a cricket career as opposed to nominating for the AFL National Draft, made his Victorian debut with figures of 1/56 off eight overs on a tough day for bowlers.
South Australia had many contributors with bat in hand, with all top seven batsmen scoring at least 33 runs, led again by Callum Ferguson’s 73 at just over a run a ball.
Victoria fought valiantly to make it an exciting finish, largely thanks to Travis Dean’s 119-run innings off 98 balls, a knock that featured a total of 18 boundaries. Cameron Valente and Fawad Ahmed were the pick of the bowlers, each taking three wickets for their respective states.