McKenna fires as Highlanders open with a bang

CAPTAIN Pat McKenna set a new Central Highlands batting record during the region's day one win at the under-18 boys state cricket championships in Greenvale yesterday.

McKenna made 142 - the highest score by a Highlanders under-18 player since the inception of the pathways program - to lead his team to victory over the North West Wizards.

The skipper and opening partner Pat O'Malley (66) put on 211 for the first wicket to set up the win.

Central Highlands finished on 8-295 and had the Wizards 8-226 at the completion of their 50 overs.

The Highlanders continue the carnival today with a clash against Barwon Rockets.

Meanwhile, Heath Pyke and his Victorian teammates suffered their second loss of the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Canberra on Sunday.

Pyke, the captain of the team, had little influence on the scoreboard as the Vics went down to Queensland in the two-day fixture.

The Wendouree player made just two on Saturday as Victoria posted 299 before being bowled out in the 95th over.

Pyke lasted 12 balls before being caught, with the knock taking his aggregate runs this carnival to 51 from three innings.

Queensland then chased down the total on Sunday, passing it seven wickets down.

Victoria has won just one of its opening three fixtures - a one-day clash against South Australia - and takes on Western Australia in a one-dayer today.

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