Tasmania’s slim chances of reaching the under-15 semi-finals of the School Sports Australia’s national championships have ended in a hefty loss on Thursday to New South Wales.
Not even a polished 95 off 125 balls from Sam Wright on a flat Sunshine Coast track could bring the Tasmanians close to a desired victory in the final-round clash.
The 115-run defeat has left the state side with a 1-3 win/loss record and knocked out of title contention.
They needed a strong win against top-of-the-table New South Wales Green to play off in the top four sides.
The final four NSW batsman smashed a dynamic 59 off their 25 balls to help one of two New South Wales sides playing in the tournament amass 6-310.
Liam Doddrell was centrepiece of his side’s innings, posting 129 off 122 deliveries in just his second bat for the championships.
Riverside club offspinner Cooper Anthes finished with 1-29 off his 10 overs, standing tall among the Tasmanian bowlers, who copped a bit of stick in the middle.
Wright struggled to find willing partners among the eight stands he lasted until the New Town batsman’s 13-boundary knock that included a six came to an end.
Promising state star Nick Davis made 24 off 35 balls in the next best Tassie score.
Anthes finished with 17 from 30 balls late in the order.
Tasmania will now face Victoria Country amid the consolation rounds of finals on Friday.