Jake and Joel Both Hit Tons; Northern Territory Too Good for South West, While Bundaberg Just Miss out in Thriller

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Byline: Murray Wenzel

CRICKET: Northern Territory firmed as the Denis Schaefer Trophy favourites with a 159-run win over Metropolitan South West yesterday at Salter Oval.

Young gun Jake Weatherald was the star with the bat, notching 111, the third hundred of his career, as his side reached 212. He came in when his team was in strife at 2-17 and walked back to the pavilion a happy man after a magnificent innings.

"It was probably up there with the best I've batted. It was great to get a hundred and get some more runs after coming all the way from the Northern Territory," he said.

Opposition coach and former international umpire Peter Parker lauded the young talent.

"He had great stroke play, but an even better attitude. He's definitely a player to watch and he has all the potential," he said.

Weatherald's efforts were matched by tiny leg spinner Akash Patel, who bamboozled the opposition to finish with 5-13.

Meanwhile, South East Queensland's Joel Hall carried his bat to post the second ton of the day on the opposing field.

His 104 not out set up an imposing 226 run target and Harrison Sims (5-17) made sure Darling Downs could only manage 148.

Bundaberg were deemed to have won their day two game against the Gold Coast, after match referee Ray Haylock made the ruling yesterday afternoon. …

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