ACT/NSW Country Comets drew in their match against South Australia after victory was looking possible in their final day at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide.
South Australia were at 5/45 at one point during the fourth and final day of the Toyota Futures League match until a partnership of 132 runs between Tom Andrews (87 not out) and Ben Pengelley (60 not out) ensured the match would be stretched out to a draw. This allowed the home side to finish 5/177 at the crease on day four.
The match opened well with the Comets batting first and Justin Avendano making an impressive 95 runs off 97 balls, supported by Nathan McAndrew at 69 not out. The South Australian side was fierce in its defence Elliott Opie taking 3/39 off 13 overs and Luke Robins taking 3/74 off 18 overs. This ensured the ACT/NSW Country Comets were bowled out for 248 runs after 72.3 overs.
In reply, South Australia opener Kelvin Smith made an outstanding 129 runs, creating a 163-run partnership with Johnathon Dalton before being ran out for 43 runs. Comet’s Joe Kershaw topped the bowling attack taking 4/50 after 14.3 overs, supported by Gregory West taking 2/58 off 22 overs. South Australia were all bowled out after 89.3 overs totalling 308 runs.
Coming into the second innings with a 60-run deficit, openers Matt Gilkes and Henry Hunt topped the score card making 94 and 96 runs respectively, creating a 176-run partnership. This is the third time the opening partnership has passed 100 runs together. Canberra local Tom Engelbrecht and Nathan McAndrew had a 114-run partnership to push the ACT/NSW Country Comets and give them a chance to take the win. However, the bowling attack of South Australia’s Thomas Andrews taking 2/59 off 16 overs and Luke Robins taking 2/66 after 21 overs ensured the run rate was still restricted. Shortly after the fall of the seventh wicket of Jonathon Cook, ACT/NSW Country Comets Jay Lenton declared after 108 overs on a total of 7/396 with a lead of 336 runs.
The final innings of the game featured a shaky start for South Australia with the home side appearing to be in trouble with the scorecard reading 3/2 after six overs with Joe Kershaw and Nathan McAndrew taking the wickets. However, the partnership of Tom Andrews (87 not out) and Ben Pengelley (60 not out) ensured the game resulted in a draw by being defeated on the stumps. Comet’s Joe Kershaw topped the bowling taking 2/14 off 6 overs, supported by Nathan McAndrew taking 1/21 off 7 overs. Day four of the match ended with South Australia at the crease on 5/177 after 50.2 overs and leading to a draw.
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