Six named in coun­try sides

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany will again have strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Cham­pi­onships af­ter both the men’s and women’s trav­el­ling teams were an­nounced this week.

Four Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives were named in the fi­nal 14-man tour­ing squad for the men’s team, with Rail­ways’ Zane Mar­wick el­e­vated to vice-cap­tain in his third cham­pi­onship.

Rail­ways fast bowler Nathan Crudeli and Mt Barker all-rounder Jeremy Wood will also be on their third tours when the team de­parts on New Year’s Day.

North County spin­ner Pa­trick But­ler will play for the WA Coun­try XI for a fourth time and the 2016 All-Aus­tralian XI mem­ber boasts the best strike rate by any bowler in the his­tory of cham­pi­onships that have a min­i­mum of 25 wick­ets.

But­ler did not tour in WA’s dis­as­trous cam­paign in Ger­ald­ton back in Jan­uary, when they won three of 10 games.

The WA Coun­try XI women’s side was also re­vealed this week and fea­tures two ACA play­ers, with Roy­als’ Han­nah Fel­ton and North County’s Bon­nie Crook both part of the 14-strong trav­el­ling team.

Fel­ton and Crook have pre­vi­ously toured with the women’s team and give the Great South­ern six cur­rent play­ers in to­tal that are set to take part in the an­nual cham­pi­onships.

Mt Barker opener Nathan Crosby has en­joyed a bril­liant start to the sea­son and rock­eted into se­lec­tion cal­cu­la­tions fol­low­ing seven half-cen­turies in 10 in­nings.

Se­lec­tors have named Crosby as one of three emer­gen­cies that will be cover ahead of cham­pi­onships, which be­gin on Jan­uary 5.

WA Coun­try XI men’s coach Tim Ed­munds, who also hails from Al­bany, said the four lo­cal play­ers se­lected were de­serv­ing of their place.

“The se­lec­tion process to get to here has been as thor­ough, and com­pe­ti­tion for spots has been as com­pet­i­tive as it has ever been,” Ed­munds said.

“It doesn’t mat­ter where the play­ers come from in the State, we have been look­ing for play­ers who are in form, con­fi­dent, able to play roles in both for­mats and, most im­por­tantly, are on the up­ward curve when it comes to their cricket.”

For­mer Roy­als and Colling­wood Park player Tim Hutchi­son, now liv­ing in Man­durah, is cap­tain of the men’s side.

He is fresh off mak­ing a cen­tury for the WA In­vi­ta­tion XI in their Coun­try Cup tri­umph over Bun­bury on Sun­day at the WACA.

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