Reigning men’s champion South Australia Country recorded its first victory of the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships on Day 2 in Wollongong.
SA Country’s bowlers produced an even effort to help secure a comfortable eight-wicket win over East Asia-Pacific at University Oval 1.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, East Asia-Pacific could only muster 147, with Andrew Frick (3-36), Ben Pengelley (2-14) and Cameron Sumner (2-20) doing the bulk of the damage with the ball.
SA Country cruised to victory, chasing down the target of 148 in just 20.3 overs, with Pengelley wrapping up a superb match by scoring 67 not out from 38 balls, with eight fours and four sixes.
Sumner showed good support, scoring 48 not out from 37 balls with seven boundaries.
Queensland Country continued its perfect record in the tournament with a five-wicket win over Western Australia Country at Port Kembla’s King George V Oval.
QLD Country’s bowlers limited WA Country to just 140 all out, with Zane Marwick (44) and captain Jono Whitney (39) among the pick of the WA Country batsmen.
Justin Dixon continued his fine form for QLD Country, snaring 4-25.
QLD Country stumbled to 4-30 early in their run chase, but captain Tony Hampson was cool, calm and collected, scoring 65 not out to guide the Queenslanders home.
At Figtree Oval, New South Wales Country recorded its second victory of the championships, with a 40-run win over Victoria Country.
Winning the toss and batting first, NSW Country struggled for big partnerships and was dismissed for 193. Patrick Darwen was the standout with 76 off 108 balls seven and was supported in the lower order by Joseph Price, who hit an invaluable 34 from 37 balls.
Tom Mathieson picked up 5-35 for VIC Country.
In reply, VIC Country made a solid start with a half century to Michael Allen (50 from 80 balls) and at one stage had moved on to 4-130.
However a collapse saw the Victorians stumble to be all out for just 153.
After the opening two days, NSW Country and QLD Country remain unbeaten, VIC Country and SA Country have one win each, while WA Country and East Asia-Pacific are without a win.
Play continues in Wollongong tomorrow, with the first round of T20 matches.
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