New South Wales has emerged from Day 2 of the 2011 Imparja Cup as tournament favourite, achieving two indomitable nine-wicket wins against Victoria and South Australia.
Queensland and Western Australia also remain unbeaten in the tournament and with the three teams playing one another on Thursday, the tournament is poised for a day of intrigue.
A youthful Victorian side scored their first win of the 2011 tournament – the first under coach Stuart Clark – beating Tasmania by 17 runs. Big-hitting Keith Stevens-Venville blasted 69 from 44 balls, including six sixes, in the win.
There were multiple impressive batting displays on Day 2 and Queenslander Adam McDermott topped the list of fine individual performances, making 75 in his side’s win against ACT.
McDermott is a Queensland Thunder indoor player and an Australian under-18 indoor cricket representative and he plies his outdoor trade in the second grade side at Wynnum-Manly District cricket club in Queensland.
2010 Black Cap recipient Julien Feehan displayed the form that led him to representative honours last year with 74 from 56 deliveries in WA’s win against South Australia.
In the women’s three-team State and Territory division, former NSW representative Samantha Hinton compiled an unbeaten 51 to help the women’s NSW team match the winning feats of their male counterparts against ACT. Sally Moylan produced a fine innings of 63 not out in ACT’s total of 100.
NSW’s Tyson Jolly took 3/12 in the best bowling performance of the day and the ACT’s Lindsay Stanford returned figures of 3/19 in her side’s loss against NSW.
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