Talented Sydney Uni quick, Lawrence Neil-Smith has continued his rich vein of form with the new ball to rip the heart out of home team, Tasmania, in today's Qualifying Final win for NSW Metro in the Under 19 National Championships.
Neil-Smith has claimed 5-17 from 7 overs, picking up both opening bats before returning to claim a further three quick wickets to complete the milestone, as Tasmania were bundled out for 111 runs in response to NSW Metro's 7-251.
The comprehensive win, led by Neil-Smith, was revenge for a tied game (4-269 v 9-269) in Round One of the tournament, in which Neil-Smith took 2-47.
Neil-Smith sits second on the wicket-takers list with 12 wickets at an average of 13.67, whose performance so far will stand him in a strong position to secure a berth in the Under 19 World Cup squad.
Fellow Sydney Uni 2nd Grade player, Ryan McElduff, is also representing NSW Metro but with limited opportunities has taken 3 wickets across the tournament.
Rounding out the Sydney Uni contingent at the National Championships is Green Shield spearhead, Dominic O'Shannessy, who at just 15 years, is representing the Cricket Australia XI, following his standout performance in the U17 National Champs in October.
O'Shannessy has claimed 4 wickets at an average of 32, including the prized wicket of Queensland Bulls Rookie, Max Bryant in today's thriller against Queensland.
Semi-final matches continue tomorrow with the Grand Final set to be contested on Friday. All the best for our three talented youngsters in the remaining matches.
Follow the action at www.nationalchamps.com.au