Ju­nior side ex­cels at coun­try week

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Pil­bara’s best ju­nior crick­eters have re­turned from their most suc­cess­ful coun­try week cam­paign in the past few years.

Play­ers went to Perth for five days with coach Gavin O’Brien at the helm, and won four of their six games, hav­ing never won in two pre­vi­ous at­tempts.

The tour­na­ment started with two Twenty20 games, in which an un­beaten 44 by skip­per James O’Brien against East­ern Dis­tricts was enough to see them share the spoils.

O’Brien shone again in the 40-over game against Northam the fol­low­ing day.

He scored 37 and claimed a handy 2-18 with the ball in a com­fort­able vic­tory.

Law­son Humphries proved the spear­head, how­ever, claim­ing 3-5 from four overs.

A huge day three saw West Pil­bara Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion pit­ted against even­tual win­ners Bus­sel­ton-Mar­garet River.

The WPJCA dug deep and needed two runs off the fi­nal ball to win, but could not make it over the line.

Leroy McCaw­ley (26), Reuben McCaw­ley (23) and Jedd Bullen (20) scored well and Jack Trinder’s 1-5 en­sured it would be a close run chase.

WPJCA bounced back the next day, set­ting a huge 291 against Esper­ance be­fore bowl­ing the op­po­si­tion out twice.

O’Brien (55) and McCaw­ley (46) were among the runs again, as was Will Gra­ham with a handy knock of 43.

McCaw­ley was named man of the match af­ter claim­ing eight wick­ets across both in­nings.

The Pil­bara boys fin­ished the tour­na­ment with a 30-run win over Bun­bury, leav­ing them in fourth place.

O’Brien capped off an im­pres­sive out­ing with an­other 22 and 4-30 with the ball. Gra­ham (23) top-scored and Michael Durack (21) put some runs on the board as well.

Pic­ture: Christy Reed

The WPJCA team.

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