Sydney Uni's Ryan McElduff has contributed solidly yet again to aid NSW Metropolitan in winning a nail-biting semi-final against Western Australia today.
McElduff contributed 8 runs before being run out in NSW Metro's innings of 148 runs from 48 overs, a far cry from the 6-316 they scored against WA in the preliminary rounds. Eight runs might not seem like much but in the context of the game, it was within a 7th wicket 33 run partnership with top-scorer Joel Foster (49no), the highest partnership of the NSW Metro innings and the 3rd highest of the game.
With WA in the box seat at 4-98, requiring just 51 runs with 6 wickets in hand, it was McElduff who turned the match on its head with 2 wickets in consecutive balls, to see NSW Metro seize momentum at 6-98. McElduff finished with figures of 2-19 from his 4 overs.
WA though rebuilt, and were again favourites for victory at 6-143, requiring just 6 runs for victory with 4 wickets in hand... those 4 wickets though were lost for just 2 runs, handing NSW Metro the 2-run victory inside the final over of the match.
NSW Metro will take on hosts Queensland, who claimed victory over ACT/NSW Country in the other semi, in a State of Origin grudge match at Allan Border Field at Qld Cricket HQ tomorrow. Queensland will be lead by skipper Angus Lovell who has completely dominated the competition thus far with 481 runs at an average of 80.2 runs, two centuries and a lowest score of 31 runs.
It should be an exciting conclusion to the National U17 Championship, and we wish Ryan a successful match and hopefully a national title.
NSW U19 State Challenge
In other representative news, Devlin Malone claimed another 2 wickets (2-39 from 10 overs) in his Metro Sixers' 146-run thrashing of the Country Sixers in today's round two action at the NSW U19 State Challenge. Lawrence Neil-Smith also claimed 2 wickets (2-29 from 7 overs) in the Metro Thunder's 8-wicket win over Country Thunder, the big victory meaning Nick Arnold did not get an opportunity to display his talent with the bat.