South Australia claims Toyota Futures League title
March 09, 2018
South Australia has claimed the 2017-18 Toyota Futures League title, with a final-round win against Tasmania.
In the six-round competition, South Australia was the only team to win four matches outright, finishing on top with 32.16 points and ahead of second-placed Victoria (29.30) and third-placed Queensland (28.43).
Western Australia (28.04), NSW Metro (27.20), ACT/NSW Country (21.50) and Tasmania (20.36) rounded out the table.
In the final round, South Australia claimed an outright win against Tasmania, as Victoria was overcame NSW Metro.
Redbacks duo Alex Ross and Cameron Valence, plus uncontracted Luke Robins, starred for the South Australians in their 96-run win.
Ross scored a second-innings century, Valente scored an unbeaten 68 in the second innings to go with six wickets for the match, and Robins claimed a ten-wicket haul including first-innings figures of 6-31.
A century to Victoria’s Sam Harper helped set up a Victorian victory.
Harper’s 105, plus half-centuries to Ed Newman and Jono Merlo, gave Victoria a first-innings lead of 202 runs, with Jackson Coleman claiming five wickets for the match.
In the round’s other match, Queensland’s Peter Forrest contributed scores of 106 and 72, but his side was defeated by 146 runs by ACT/NSW Country.
Jay Lenton scored a second innings century for ACT/NSW Country, while Nathan McAndrew claimed seven wickets for the match.
Peter Forrest, the former Australian batsman, finished as the competition’s leading run-scorer with 759 runs at an average of 75.9.
Also among the competition’s top 10 run-scorers were Western Australia’s Josh Philippe and Victoria’s Eamonn Vines, who have both made JLT Sheffield Shield debuts this summer.
The tournament’s leading wicket-taker was Luke Robins, who claimed 31 scalps in just five matches at an average of just 17.06.