Coun­try week tro­phy caps an out­stand­ing tour­na­ment

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Al­lan Miller

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.

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