Country week trophy caps an outstanding tournament
Busselton-Margaret River Cricket Association added another trophy to the cabinet after winning the B-section grand final at country week in Perth last Saturday.
Under the leadership of Adam Holt, BMRCA won four out of their five preliminary games during the week in B-section to qualify for Saturday’s final, and then comfortably beat Bunbury in the play-off for the trophy, 197 runs to 125.
Teenager Harvey Golding led the batting in the final with 76 to cap an outstanding personal week (in which he also scored two 80s), while Pete Morris took 5-32 to dash Bunbury’s hopes in the final.
Quality performances from young players were the highlight for BMRCA in country week this year.
Although the No. 1 and No. 3 sides lost both their Thursday and Friday encounters in A-section and D-section respectively, to finish with only two wins out of five games each, the performances of teenagers stood out and showed great promise for the future.
Spinners Tom Evans and Blake Glasspool, batsmen Fraser Thompson, Shane Herbst and Ben Christmas, and fast bowlers Billy McGowan, Jack O’Malley and Adrian Woodward were all prominent in the performances of BMRCA’s three teams.
Experienced batsmen Ben Clarke, Chris Reagan, Callum Loud, Paul Tognolini, Jono Lloyd and James Stanistreet, all-rounder Nick Ritchie and fast bowlers Matty Braid, Nathan Whitney and Troy Rasmussen also made many worthy contributions over the course of the week.
In Saturday’s A-section final, Upper Great Southern defeated Peel to claim the top prize.
As a result of their performances during the week Busselton-Margaret River have retained the right to field teams in A-section, B-sec- tion and D-section in next year’s country week.
Again, Busselton-Margaret River owe a debt to team manager Pieter Bresser for his work behind the scenes, and to his assistants during the week, which included Neil McCormack and Steve Brennan (the No. 2 and No. 3 team managers), and selectors Aaron Mott, Neil Langenhoven and Danny Hatton.
The only note of concern during the week came off the field, when teenager Ethan Piggott sustained a gashed head when he dived into the shallow end of the swimming pool at the Indian Ocean Hotel, where the team was staying.
It could have been much worse.