ACT/NSW Country have recorded their second win of the 2018/19 Toyota Futures League season defeating Western Australia by 95-runs.
There was a buzz surrounding Chisholm Oval on Monday with Australian pace-stars Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood selected for the Comets on their return from injury.
Comets skipper Jay Lenton won the toss and elected to bat, sending two local ACT products Matt Gilkes and Henry Hunt in to the middle.
The two combined for a 109-run partnership before Gilkes (43) was caught by Sam Whiteman to give Aaron Hardie the first wicket of the day.
However the big highlight of the day was Henry Hunt who reached his century with ease and went on to compile a double ton just before the end of play. Hunt’s previous highest score for the Comets was 82-runs.
Western Australia bowled out the Comets early on day two to hand Cummins and Hazelwood the new ball. Hazlewood picked up the first wicket of day.
Western Australia finished the day 4/242 still trailing the Comets by ACT/NSW Country by 217 runs in Canberra.
Hazlewood joined fellow quick Nathan McAndrew (1-57), Greg West (1-17) and Tom Engelbrecht (1-21) as the four bowlers in the wicket column for ACT/NSW Country.
Tom Pinson came out firing on day three to make light work of the Western Australian tail end and ended the first innings with the away side still behind by 71-runs.
Comets went back in to bat looking to put on a strong lead as they moved into day four. This time it was former Western Districts – UC batter Gilkes turn to shine, reaching his 100 runs early on day four. Hunt was also in the runs again with a half century.
The Comets declared before lunch on day four at 6/289 to push for a result.
It was an all-round bowling efforts for the Comets with five bowlers in the wickets. Pat Cummins removed opened Matthew Spoors early and put the opposition under immediate pressure.
Western Australia never looked like threatening the target, and fell short by 95-runs as Tom Engelbrecht dismissed Simon Mackin to end the innings and the match.
Engelbrecht (4-69) and Ben Taylor (3-106) were the pick of the bowlers.
ACT/NSW Country Comets next match is against Victoria on the 12th November at Junction Oval.