ULLADULLA United’s Matthew Gilkes and Tom Engelbrecht’s ACT/NSW Country have ended the 2017-18 Toyota Futures League season with an emphatic 146-run win over Queensland at Chisholm No. 1 Oval in Canberra.
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In its last match of the campaign, ACT/NSW Country secured victory before tea on day four.
The hosts bowled out Queensland for 293 in the 77th over of its second innings.
Leg-spinner Jonathan Cook was the pick of the ACT/NSW Country attack on the final day. He claimed 4-54 from 13 overs.
Sydney Thunder and Bankstown paceman Nathan McAndrew finished the match with seven wickets after he added to his first innings five-wicket haul with 2-61.
Fellow opening bowler Tom Pinson (2-61) was equally as impressive in the second innings.
Former New South Wales batsman Peter Forrest (72) and Queensland captain Sam Truloff (71) provided the visitors with some hope throughout the day that they could salvage a draw.
The pair shared an important 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket and there were promising signs that the draw was possible before Truloff departed with the score on 177.
His wicket was quickly followed by Harrison Wood for a fourth ball duck and Queensland was in deep trouble by lunch.
Forrest and Jason Floros (43) provided some further resistance for the Queenslanders with a 76-run stand, but the removal of Forrest by Cook was pivotal. The visitors lost their last five wickets for 40 runs.
The other wicket takers for ACT/NSW Country included slow left-arm orthodox spinner Shane Devoy (1-23) and Jason Sangha (1-16), who snared a late wicket with his part-time leg-spin.
During the match, Engelbrecht scored 51 and 49 while also taking 2/40 and 0/34 across the two innings with the ball.
Not to be outdone, Gilkes had knocks of three and 24 during the match.
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