The iCollege ACT Comets’ final Toyota Futures League campaign will be a battle of the bat, with a century from KFC Big Bash and One Day international star, Chris Lynn, helping Queensland reach a commanding first day lead after the Comets found themselves all out for a raw 67 runs.
After losing the toss and being sent into bat, the Comets were hopeful of making the most of the Allan Border Field’s flat deck. However, the swinging Duke ball proved a difficult target, and the ACT were soon 1/0. The first day jitters didn’t stop there, with top order batters falling in quick succession to see the Comets 4/9 after eight overs.
Some solace was found in debutant, Michael Barrington, who began making inroads with ball. However, he headed back to the sheds after falling victim to right arm quick Brendan Doggett. The QLD quick went on to snare a very commendable five-wicket haul.
Reeling and desperately clinging to their innings at 9/35, Ben Manenti offered some late order lustre with the bat in his side’s bleak batting performance. The spinner helped see his side’s runs ticking eventually be all out for 67.
Needing to fire on all cylinders and ensure QLD were contained in their retaliation, debutant Ryan Smith took his first wicket for the team with a steaming delivery to see QLD 1/5. Fellow paceman, Tom Rogers followed suit and snagged a wicket to put QLD in a compromising 2/7.
A tough afternoon for the Comets saw them struggling to get a much-needed breakthrough. Enter Nathan McAndrew. Returning from an injury in the Comet’s last match, McAndrew removed two top order batsmen in swift fashion, helping the Comets keep in contention at 4/77.
However, it would be the wicket of Chris Lynn that would prove to be the Comet’s biggest hurdle to keeping them in the game. Lynn’s arrival at the crease proved intimidating for the Comets, with our bowlers unable to break the notorious big hitter’s form. The international batting sensation was an imposing force with the bat, racing away to 124 until Shane Devoy executed a tricky delivery to Lynn send one straight into the safe hands of Manenti. The Comets were then able to pick up a couple of handy wickets before close of play to see the Sunshine State finish on 7/263.
The iCollege ACT Comets will resume play at 10.00am local time. Visit MyCricket to view today’s scorecard.