Ferreira’s solid performances as WA endure tough campaign
Albany all-rounder Michael Ferreira has made his highest score of the Australian Under-19 Cricket Championships and taken his first wicket but WA continue to struggle as the tournament draws to a close in South Australia.
Ferreira, representing WA at national level for the first time, has been used in the middle order with the bat and as another seam bowling option, but as a side they have endured a tough campaign.
WA lost a thrilling clash against the undefeated NSW Metro in their final regular game of the tournament yesterday but any hopes of reaching the semifinals were extinguished after winning just one of their first five games.
NSW Metro reached 5-314 yesterday after a massive century from Baxter Holt before Ferreira claimed his wicket on 150.
Ferreira took 1-53 off seven overs and then played a role with the bat as he helped WA push towards victory.
He made an unbeaten 23 runs off 24 balls as WA got close to upsetting their opponents but fell five runs short as they ended their 50 overs at 6-309.
In Sunday’s loss to the Northern Territory, Ferreira made an unbeaten 30 off 32 balls at the end of WA’s innings to help them reach 4-267 from 50 overs.
Northern Territory, however, chased down the target in the 49th over as Ferreira finished with figures of 1-29 off 5.2 overs —his best return with the ball.
WA’s sole victory so far came against Victoria Country last Friday where Ferreira contributed again with the bat.
The North County product hit 19 runs off 14 balls at No.5 to help WA set their opponents 265 to win.
Ferreira has bowled just over 25 overs in five games for two wickets while he is averaging 35 with the blade.
He is Albany’s only representative left at the championships after fast bowler Bryce Jackson flew home after injuring his back on the opening day.
The semifinals of the tournament will be played tomorrow and the finals on Thursday.
WA face the Cricket Australia XI in their classification match tomorrow.
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