WA dig in at na­tion­als

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Cameron New­bold

WA Coun­try XI have claimed a a first-up win in the one-day for­mat at the Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Cham­pi­onships on Mon­day, fol­low­ing their mixed for­tunes in the Twenty20 part of the an­nual tour­na­ment.

Five Great South­ern play­ers are part of the WA side com­pet­ing in Shep­par­ton, Vic­to­ria and after two early losses in the T20 com­pe­ti­tion, WA re­bounded to de­feat Vic­to­ria and then South Aus­tralia.

How­ever, they missed mak­ing the T20 fi­nal by one point and then after an open­ing bye in the one-day games, faced Vic­to­ria.

WA won the toss and bat­ted first, mak­ing 247 after be­ing bowled out in the fi­nal over with open­ers Aaron Bur­rage and Tim Hutchi­son set­ting the plat­form with a 99-run open­ing stand.

An im­pres­sive 40 runs from 39 balls from vice-cap­tain Zane Mar­wick was piv­otal in the mid­dle or­der while fel­low Great South­ern play­ers Nathan Crudeli (19) and Jeremy Wood (11) also chipped in.

Vic­to­ria were bowled out for 148 in re­ply hand­ing WA a 99run vic­tory.

Crudeli snared 3-16 while lo­cal spin­ner Patrick But­ler starred tak­ing 4-37 off 10 overs.

In the T20s, Mar­wick made a vi­tal 48 not out from 41 balls, which in­cluded three sixes, as he an­chored the suc­cess­ful run chase against South Aus­tralia with WA win­ning four wick­ets down with 11 balls to spare.

With the ball, Crudeli has been out­stand­ing, tak­ing a wicket in ev­ery match thus far with the fast bowler snar­ing 3-14 in the loss to Queens­land.

Wood made 23 against South Aus­tralia and took one wicket in four T20 games. But­ler has bowled im­pres­sively with an econ­omy rate of un­der five runs per over and re­turned best fig­ures of 3-19 off four overs in the first game of the car­ni­val.

Late call-up Nathan Crosby has a top score of 12 from four in­nings thus far.

WA coach Tim Ed­munds was pleased with his side’s re­sponse after los­ing their first two games.

“It was a tough first day on a tricky wicket,” Ed­munds said.

“But the way the boys came back, es­pe­cially to de­fend 120 against Vic­to­ria and then chase down 140 over South Aus­tralia was great. We are start­ing to find our feet and are well placed in a very even com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’ve seen a lot of bonus points earned so we have to take them when you get the op­por­tu­nity, but we are well and truly in the com­pe­ti­tion.”

WA were sched­uled to face Queens­land in a 50-over game on Tues­day be­fore tack­ling South Aus­tralia yes­ter­day.

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