Beaton century drives Australia
India Under-19 0 for 18 trail Australia Under-19 7 for 306 (Beaton 106, Armstrong 50, Abbott 51*) by 288 runs
Tom Beaton's captain's innings of 106 helped Australia Under-19 claim the opening day honours in the first three-day match against India Under-19 at the Bellerive Oval. Beaton was supported by half-centuries from Tim Armstrong and Sean Abbott and at the end of 90 overs, Australia had piled on 7 for 306. The Indian openers then added 18 before stumps.
Australia didn't get off to the best of starts after winning the toss when they lost their top three with the score on 69. Armstrong and Beaton added 101 for the fourth wicket as the hosts held the initiative for the majority of the post-lunch session. However, the innings suffered a wobble in the half hour before tea when Armstrong, Tom Triffitt and Kane Richardson fell for the addition of only 17 runs.
Beaton held firm and continued his good form from the second one-dayer where he scored a half-century. He brought up his century in style with a six over square leg. His 159-ball knock included ten fours and two sixes. After he was dismissed, caught and bowled by Ashok Meenaria, Abbott (51*) and Jackson Coleman (31*) pushed the score past 300. For India, Jaydev Unadkad and Mannan Sharma took two wickets apiece.
"It was good to get a few and felt awesome to be out there and especially the way it came up (with a six), I wasn't expecting that with everyone in the ring," Beaton was quoted as saying in the Cricket Australia website. "Wickets fell a bit early so I just had to adjust and play a more mature role and work the ones and get the scoreboard ticking over."
"We'll get the two opening bowlers back on tomorrow morning and get them bowling nice and full and try to get them nicking and hopefully we will get a few easy wickets and make it a bit easier for Doors [Luke Doran]. We'll definitely be looking to get them out as early as possible and then go back out there and have another hit at some stage."