Dominant batting performance from Royals guides them to comfortable win in ADCA under-17s comp

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Royals' Lorcan McNamara bowls.
Camera IconRoyals' Lorcan McNamara bowls. Credit: Laurie Benson

Another strong batting performance from Royals helped them run out comfortable winners in the Albany and Districts Cricket Association under-17s competition on Sunday.

The Lions faced Denmark in a catch-up game from before the Christmas break and they returned to the field in dominant fashion to move two games clear on top of the standings.

Denmark won the toss and batted, first posting 8-192 from their 45 overs but it was nowhere big enough to prevent the Lions from chasing it down.

Denmark's Bailey Peacock goes through square leg.
Camera IconDenmark's Bailey Peacock goes through square leg. Credit: Laurie Benson

The Lions got off to a fantastic start in the run chase and didn’t lose their first wicket until they were past 150.

Lorcan McNamara, Angus Thompson and Ryley Valli all posted half centuries in the run chase.

McNamara smashed a superb 68 from 45 balls, including six fours and three sixes, while Thompson finished unbeaten on 53 from 51 deliveries and hit six boundaries of his own.

Royals' Caleb Haua.
Camera IconRoyals' Caleb Haua. Credit: Laurie Benson

Valli made a run-a-ball 52 as he hit four boundaries and two sixes while Jack Robertson also chipped in with 46.

The Lions had big partnerships in the run chase as the Lions made 313 in reply from 43.4 overs.

Denmark's Oliver Pluckhahn cuts.
Camera IconDenmark's Oliver Pluckhahn cuts. Credit: Laurie Benson

McNamara, Thompson and Valli all retired when reaching half centuries but came back later on and did further damage.

Rory Luscombe claimed 2-37 from five overs while Jed Kowald snared 2-45 from seven overs.

Royals' Ryley Valli sends down a delivery.
Camera IconRoyals' Ryley Valli sends down a delivery. Credit: Laurie Benson

Earlier on Denmark made their way to 192, led by a half century from Oliver Pluckhahn.

Pluckhahn posted a quick-fire 51 from 32 while Bailey Peacock added 43 at the top of the order to go with contributions from Luscombe (23) and Devon Jefferis (20).

Thompson starred with the ball for the Lions as well, claiming 3-9 off five overs and James Penson took 2-19.

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