Sunday Territorian

CROCS YOUNG GUNS ON FIRE

STAR NT AND NSW REPS AMONG THE RUNS

- GREY MORRIS

SOUTHERN Districts and Waratah are in the box seat to play in next weekend’s final after posting big first innings scores on day one of the Darwin Premier Grade semi-finals.

Districts gave the 400-run mark a big push by making 8-390 against Darwin at Marrara’s DXC Arena, and Waratah reached 9-322 against Tracy Village at Gardens Oval.

NSW Sheffield Shield cricketer Matt Gilkes warmed up for the domestic season with the Blues by scoring 101 from 103 balls for the Crocodiles, finding the boundary 17 times and clearing it once.

Gilkes’ 146-run stand for the third wicket with Dean Fry (96) laid the foundation­s for Districts’ big score.

Fry was desperatel­y unlucky not to make a century, pulling a short ball from slow man Will Anstey behind square leg only to see Connor Hawkins swoop like an eagle and hold on to a magnificen­t catch.

Some late hitting from Dan Mylius (50 off 38 balls) and Chris McEvoy (32 off 20) added to the batting mayhem.

“It felt pretty good from the start after I’ve struggled the last few weeks, so it was nice to spend a bit of time out there,” Gilkes said.

“We built a good partnershi­p to set a good platform for all the boys.

“It will definitely be a good tough chase for them tomorrow.”

Fry made his highest individual score in Premier Grade cricket and helped Gilkes take the score to 192 before they were separated.

“I’m pretty happy with that score,” he said.

“Four more would have been nice, but I’ve made 96 for the boys and I’m happy with that.”

Waratah opening bat Ashley Chandrasin­ghe again impressed with the willow, hitting 11 fours and a six in his 156 against the Villagers, sharing in a 109-run opening stand with Yash Pednekar (52) in the process.

Antum Naqvi’s 4-96 from 26 overs of spin was the best return from the Village bowlers.

Skipper Josh Kann and Awad Naqvi must play big innings today if the Villagers are to make their first grand final since 2016.

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 ?? Pictures: Glenn Campbell ?? Waratah opener Ashley Chandrasin­ghe during his typically classy knock of 156 against Tracy Village. Inset: Crocs’ Dean Fry.
Pictures: Glenn Campbell Waratah opener Ashley Chandrasin­ghe during his typically classy knock of 156 against Tracy Village. Inset: Crocs’ Dean Fry.

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