The second last game for the Toyota Futures League 2018/19 season began with the home field advantage for the ACT/NSW Country Comets as the game commenced at Phillip Oval.
Opener Nick Larkin belted out an impressive 102 runs, supported by number 6 batsman Hayden Kerr (68). Kerr and Tom Engelbrecht demonstrated the strength of the Comets mid-order with a 104-run partnership before Kerr was out for an LBW. Tasmania’s bowling attack was led by Gabe Bell taking 2/59 off 24 overs, supported by Jarrod Freeman with 2/54 off 20 overs. ACT/NSW Country Comets were bowled out for a convincing 419 runs.
Tasmania replied slowly, with the scorecard reading 4/64 at one point before Hamish Kingston stepped up to the crease and made 58 runs, supported by Jarrod Freeman on 45 runs. ACT/NSW Country Comets stepped up with Joe Kershaw taking 2/30 off 13 overs, supported by Nathan McAndrew taking 2/64 off 18 overs. Tasmania were bowled out for 276 runs, allowing the Comets to start their second innings with a 143-run lead.
ACT/NSW Country Comets began their second innings with Blake McDonald leading the batting with 71 not out, supported by Matt Gilkes on 51 runs. McDonald and Jason Sangha had a strong partnership lasting for 117 runs before the decision was made to declare at the end of the 45th over with the scorecard reading 2/202.
Tasmania resumed at 0/12 on day four, and at 5/157 in the second session it appeared as though ACT/NSW Country were in command.
However a brilliant innings from Wakim (118) helped bring Tasmania closer to the target before falling when Tasmania was 8/336.
Requiring 7 runs off the final over, McAndrews bowled Rainbird for the ninth wicket and with a Gilkes run out confirmed the tie.