Matthew Gilkes and Tom Engelbrecht secure second straight win at nationals

Matthew Gilkes (number nine) celebrates a wicket with a team mate. Photo: CRICKET AUSTRALIA

Matthew Gilkes (number nine) celebrates a wicket with a team mate. Photo: CRICKET AUSTRALIA

ULLADULLA’s Matthew Gilkes and fellow South Coast product Tom Engelbrecht chalked up their second straight win at the under 19s cricket national championships in Tasmania.

After their opening game was washed out against South Australia, the pair’s ACT/NSW Country side defeat Northern Territory on Tuesday.

After a rest day on Wednesday, they took on Victoria Metro on Thursday.

Victoria Metro won the toss at Invermay Park and elected to bat first, making 169 from their 42 overs at the crease.

Matthew Gilkes took four catches as wicket keeper, while Tom Engelbrecht finished with figures of 1/27 from his seven overs.

 In reply, ACT/NSW Country reached the target (4/173 ) in the 46th over.

Gilkes spent 40 minutes in the middle, facing 25 balls and scoring 13 runs, including two boundaries.

While Engelbrecht (16 not out from 24 balls) and NSW Blues contracted player  Jason Sangha (87 not out from 115 balls) were are the crease when ACT/NSW Country brought up the winning runs.

The pair’s team will now take on the Cricket Australia XI on Friday at the North Tasmania Cricket Association ground one.