In­vi­ta­tional XI im­press coach

Narrogin Observer - - SPORTS - Michael Traill

Nar­ro­gin’s Clay­ton Road Oval has played host to the first round of a pi­lot re­vival of the Coun­try Cup.

On Sun­day, Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s best trav­elled to Clay­ton Road Oval to face the WA Coun­try In­vi­ta­tional XI side.

Wil­liams’ Rod­ney Ford and Har­ri­smith’s Ar­ron Quar­ter­maine rep­re­sented the Up­per Great South­ern in the new 50-over roundrobin com­pe­ti­tion.

Both per­formed well. Ford was run-out on 26 while Quar­ter­maine (23) chased down the 225-run tar­get with East­ern Gold­fields’ Be­van Ben­nell (88).

WA Coun­try In­vi­ta­tional XI ended their in­nings on 4-226 off 45 overs after re­strict­ing Al­bany to 8-224 after bat­ting their full 50 overs. Al­bany’s top or­der col­lapsed early in the first in­nings, los­ing five wick­ets for six runs to go 5-28 in the 10th over.

WA Coun­try In­vi­ta­tional XI coach Tim Ed­munds said that the re­vived com­pe­ti­tion brought a high con­cen­tra­tion of qual­ity play­ers to­gether.

“We want the best crick­eters play­ing in­ter-as­so­ci­a­tion cricket and while this com­pe­ti­tion is only in pi­lot mode be­ing brought back the signs are re­ally good so far,” he said.

“The play­ers re­ally en­joyed the re­vival of one-day coun­try cup cricket.

“It’s rare you get that much tal­ent as­sem­bled for a game in coun- try WA and the play­ers re­ally lifted for the oc­ca­sion which was re­ally pleas­ing.

“Clay­ton Road Oval is a great venue and the hospi­tal­ity pro­vided for both teams was great.”

Ed­munds also said that the Up­per Great South­ern play­ers played im­por­tant roles in the win.

“The way we went about the run chase was re­ally pleas­ing,” he said.

“Fordy (Rod­ney Ford) and Quar­ters (Ar­ron Quar­ter­maine) pro­vided great sup­port for Be­van Ben­nell who an­chored the in­nings su­perbly and those part­ner­ships were cru­cial to us win­ning com­fort­ably in the end.”

WA Coun­try In­vi­ta­tional XI will take on Bun­bury and Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion this week and the Bus­sel­ton Mar­garet River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion later on in Novem­ber.

The top two sides of the four will face off at the WACA in De­cem­ber.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

East­ern Gold­fields’ Be­van Ben­nell made 88 for WA Coun­try In­vi­ta­tional XI.

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