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ACT Comets crushed by an innings by experienced WA line-up

Matt Condon provided some resistance for the Comets against WA.
Matt Condon provided some resistance for the Comets against WA. Photo: Matthew Bedford

They were beaten inside an innings inside two-and-a-half days but ACT Comets stand-in coach Kyle Piper says they are taking a longer term view than just the scorebook with the young side.

With the Comets adopting a developmental focus this summer, a vastly more experienced Western Australia quickly claimed the five wickets needed to seal an innings and 229 run Futures League win at Manuka Oval on Wednesday.

Led by veteran Michael Hogan (5-28 match figures), who has 380 wickets in 97 first class matches to his name, the visitors ran through ACT's young batting line-up to claim maximum.

With four 19-year-olds in their line-up the Comets were always going to find it tough against a Western Australia team full of players with first class experience.

The Comets are missing several key player, with player/coach Aidan Blizzard and batsman Jono Dean (Adelaide Strikers) away on Big Bash commitments, all-rounder Blake Dean is sidelined with a shoulder injury and Henry Hunt is with the Australian under-19 squad in Dubai.

"It's obviously disappointing not to take the game to the fourth day, which is what we're trying to push for this year with the development focus we've got," Piper said.

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"WA has seven professional contracted cricketers and that was a good opportunity for our guys to be tested.

"It's a fantastic development opportunity which didn't come off for us this time, but long term I think it will be great for the guys to be exposed to that at such a young age."

Batting at no.10, Mitchell Phelps blasted 49 off just 28 balls for the ACT, including four boundaries and four sixes.

Young opener Matt Condon showed promise with innings of 27 and 43.

"I think he's going down a good pathway at the moment, and we're seeing some good progress in how he's going about his cricket," Piper said.

"As any batsmen would be, he was disappointed he didn't go on with at least one of those scores.

"Once he figures those things out, he'll be peeling off big scores pretty consistently."

FUTURES LEAGUE

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 4-(dec)-542 (W Bosisto 207no, D Short 134, H Cartwright 123) bt ACT COMETS 144 (A Harriott 39; J Nicholas 3-43) and 169 (M Condon 43; M Hogan 3-10) by an innings and 229 runs at Manuka Oval.