BENDING THE BACK:NSW Country opening bowler Duncan McIlveen sends one down against SA Country at Thompson Oval
BENDING THE BACK:NSW Country opening bowler Duncan McIlveen sends one down against SA Country at Thompson Oval

Gregory grabs five

By STEVE SPINKS

LISMORE paceman Ian Gregory starred as NSW Country took first innings points over SA Country in the Australian Country Cricket Championship at Thompson Oval, Brunswick Heads, yesterday.

Gregory took 5-21 off 11 overs, ripping through the SA middle order.

It was Gregory's best return of the carnival, bettering the 3-20 he snared against WACountry on Monday.

With Gregory and opening bowler Duncan McIlveen (2-18) firing and Newcastle leg-spinner Ben Woolmer adding to his 21 scalps for the carnival with 2-45, SA were reduced to 106 in the first innings chasing NSW's total of 274.

In fact, SA may have been lucky to reach that as they were 9-60 before Tarque Williamson (32 not out) and Drew Crane (18) added 46 for the last wicket.

Sent in again, SA were 3-148 when play was halted.

A brilliant 129 not out by Victoria Country opener Sam Ahmet delivered an emphatic first innings victory over WA Country at Nielson Park, East Lismore.

Ahmet ensured the defending champions passed WA's total of 162 with only five wickets down before all-rounder Brad Hauenstein chipped in with 54 not out to push the Vics to 7-275 declared.

Craig Tonkin (3-66) was the pick of the WA attack.

The Sandgropers were 3-151 in their second innings when play halted, with Blake Reynolds (78) and Ben Drummond (55 not out) impressing with an opening stand of 124.

Queensland Country almost ensured they would win the ACCC this year with a big win over East Asia Pacific at Kingsford Smith South, Ballina.

Queensland will meet NSW tomorrow and Saturday (today is a rest day), but their victory over East Asia Pacific earned them plenty of bonus points.

The Bush Blues would need a very big win to overtake the Maroons.

Queensland easily accounted for the Islanders' first innings total of 143, making 5-179 declared with David Else (70) and Brian May (62) the stars.

Sent back in, East Asia Pacific were bowled out for 184 in their second innings.

Fast bowler Ben Cust added to his first innings 5-26 with 5-49, making a match haul of 10 wickets.

Queensland were set 149 to win off 22 overs, but when time ran out they were 4-70 from 18 overs.



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