Maddinson top scores for ACT/NSW Country

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Nic Maddinson has top-scored for ACT/NSW Country in a low-scoring Toyota Futures League match against Victoria.

The attacking left-hander made 51 as 14 wickets fell on the opening day.

Victoria batted first and was dismissed for 172 in its first innings at Chisholm No. 1 Oval with ACT/NSW Country 4/151 at stumps in reply.

Captain and Blues reserve gloveman Jay Lenton (44 not out) and Australian Under 19 World Cup captain, Jason Sangha (2 not out) were unbeaten at stumps.

Maddinson punished the Victorian bowlers in an attacking innings of 51 runs from 68 balls that included five fours and three sixes.

It was an excellent bowling performance by ACT/NSW Country highlighted by Bankstown fast bowler in McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket, Nathan McAndrew (3-34) and Sydney University paceman Joe Kershaw (3-34). Tom Engelbrecht also claimed 2-24.

Except for a 58-run opening stand between Thomas Rogers (27) and Blake Thomson (49), the ACT/NSW Country attack didn’t allow any of the Victorian batsmen to build substantial partnerships.

Brother of Australian left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar, Wes Agar (35), provided some handy runs down at No. 9 to get Victoria to somewhere near a respectable total. However, consistent wickets saw the visitors bowled out in the 46th over.

In reply, the hosts then found themselves in some early bother. They lost the wickets of North Sydney captain Justin Avendano (12) and Northern District opener Henry Hunt (7) as ACT/NSW Country fell to 2/24.

This brought Maddinson to the crease and his 96-run partnership with Lenton put ACT/NSW Country into a good position by close of play.

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