From Alice Springs to In­dia for Black Caps

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

FIVE WA play­ers were named in the na­tional in­dige­nous Black Caps rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams fol­low­ing last week’s car­ni­val in Alice Springs.

Sa­mara Wil­liams, Kavita Pep­per and Emily Bow­den were named in the women’s Black Caps team. Be­van Ben­nell and Gos­nells Cricket Club’s Josh Bai­ley were named in the men's team.

Bai­ley, the brother of Gos­nells skip­per Michael, had a break­out tour­na­ment with the equal se­cond most dis­missals with 12 wick­ets, in­clud­ing a five-wicket haul against North­ern Ter­ri­tory. Josh Bai­ley, Emily Bow­den, Sa­mara Wil­liams, Kavita Pep­per and Be­van Ben­nell.

Wil­liams, Pep­per and Bow­den were also part of a 20-mem­ber Na­tional In­dige­nous Women’s Squad which will tour In­dia in mid-year.

Great South­ern prod­uct Wil­liams was the side’s top scorer with 73 runs at an av- er­age of 18.25 and also took two wick­ets in Alice Springs.

Mid­west tal­ent Pep­per was the se­cond lead­ing wicket-taker in the Women’s divi­sion, fin­ish­ing with seven dis­missals at 7.57.

Bow­den led well as cap­tain and also wick­et­keeper, chip­ping in with 40 runs.

Mid­land-Guild­ford young­ster Ben­nell was the men’s divi­sion top scorer with 273 runs at 54.60, in­clud­ing two 50s and a score of 95 against Vic­to­ria on Sun­day.

WA fin­ished third in the Men’s divi­sion, miss­ing out on a third straight ti­tle. The women fin­ished fifth.

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