Our batters set it up, our top two, we were 0-70 after 10 and we were able to go on and post a pretty good total and they batted pretty well, but we were able to close it our pretty well in the end, we applied the pressure and they lost a few too many wickets quickly.- Knights' coach Stewart Pearce
North East Knights bounced back in the Youth Premier Cricket League on Wednesday.
The home side posted 6-131 against Metropolitan Outer South Pioneers in the first T20 game at Wodonga's Les Cheesley Oval.
Openers Finn Gray and Kane Scott combined in a 77-run stand, with the latter top-scoring with 42 from 33 deliveries, including four boundaries.
"Our batters set it up, our top two, we were 0-70 after 10 and were able to go on and post a pretty good total and they batted pretty well, but we were able to close it our pretty well in the end, we applied the pressure and they lost a few too many wickets quickly," coach Stewart Pearce offered.
Scott has had a consistent start to the under 16 competition, posting 102 not out, 38, 42 and 7 prior to his knock against the Pioneers.
"He got that 100 early and had a couple of 40s since, so he's been really good," Pearce suggested.
Gray scored 34 from 35 balls, with two fours.
The Pioneers never gained any momentum, with a highest partnership of 26 for the third wicket.
The visitors did work their way though to 5-86, but then lost 5-17 to be bowled out for 103 after 17.2 overs.
The performance followed the Knights' first loss on Tuesday.
Clancy Ellett top-scored with 35 in the team's 9-202 from its 50 overs, but Metropolitan South East Bayside Breakers proved too strong, claiming a three-wicket win with 25 balls to spare.
Ellett completed a fine match with 3-45.
It left the Breakers and South East Country Sharks with an undefeated record in the Stars League, while the Knights were equal on points, but had that one loss.
The top team in the two pools will contest the grand final in Melbourne on Monday, with Metropolitan West Spirit setting the early pace in the Renegades League.
The Knights will complete their regular round games on Thursday when they host Metropolitan Inner South East Scorpions at Ian Barker Fields in East Albury.
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