Batsmen do damage as University sits in strong position

CENTURION: Brendan O'Keeffe bats on his way to making a century for University.
CENTURION: Brendan O'Keeffe bats on his way to making a century for University. Kevin Farmer

UNIVERSITY'S batsmen had a good day as they hit their team to a strong position at stumps on day one of their TCI A grade open competition match against Railways.

Opener Brendan O'Keeffe led the way for University with a century, while Matt Walls (96) and Tim Brunner (55) also notched half-centuries as they declared at 4-311 late on Saturday at USQ.

Walls fell just short of his century, being dismissed by Paul Lochel on the first ball of his first over for the day to close out the Uni innings.

Brunner (2-5) and Jens Christensen (1-11) then made inroads with the new ball to have Railways 3-46 at stumps in reply.

Railways captain Jeremy Cotter says his team is not out of the contest just yet but needs to bat well on day two.

"I think if we can bat out the day, we'll get the runs," he said.

"The main thing is batting out a few overs and if we can do that, the runs will come."

Northern Brothers Diggers batsman Chris Hall also made a century in their game against Wests at Captain Cook Oval.

Hall opened the batting and scored 173 from 168 balls to help Diggers reach 4-297 before declaring.

Mick Miller then took three wickets to have Wests at 4-40 at stumps.

Metropolitan-Easts on the other hand made a solid start to their run chase against Souths at Middle Ridge Park.

Mets won the toss and sent Souths in before the Magpies made 208 in their first innings.

Lachlan Jones (54), Jack Carty (49) and Nathan Tranter (33) did the bulk of the scoring, while veterans Adam Marjoribanks (3-39) and Paul Toohey (3-61) did the damage for the Trojans.

In reply, Mets were 0-43 at stumps to be in a promising position to push for victory after their one-day premiership success last weekend.

Topics:  cricket

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