New South Wales Country and Victoria Country have notched back-to-back wins to start the women’s division at the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships in Wollongong.
NSW Country backed up its nail-biting final-ball victory against Queensland Country on the opening night with a comfortable 34-run defeat of the Northern Territory today.
Rebecca Cady (42) and Grace McDonald (32) did the bulk of the run scoring as NSW Country finished with 5-133 off its allotted 20 overs.
An unbeaten 65 not out from Julie Page off only 50 balls wasn’t enough for NT, which closed its innings at 6-99.
VIC Country cruised to an eight-wicket win today against Western Australia Country, after also scoring a final-ball victory, against defending champions East Asia-Pacific last night.
Spinner Chelsea Moscript claimed 2-9 to restrict WA Country to 9-89, before Rhiann O’Donnell scored 35 as VIC Country won with three overs to spare.
East Asia-Pacific bounced back from defeat in its tournament opener to powered its way to an impressive five-wicket win over South Australia Country.
SA Country compiled 6-117 from its 20 overs with an impressive performance by opener Hannah Armstrong (46 from 47 balls). East Asia-Pacific captain Pauke Siaka was a constant thorn in the side of the South Australians, picking up 3-13 off four overs.
In reply, EAP eased to victory by five wickets with ten balls to spare on the back of Veru Frank’s composed 30 from 51 balls.
In the men’s division, the replayed Round 3 T20s – abandoned due to weather – saw QLD Country move into top spot on the T20 table with one match to play.
QLD Country dismissed VIC Country for just 90, with Gerard Fox’s unbeaten 55 guiding his side to a 10-wicket win.
A flurry of sixes from Kaine Harmsworth saw NSW Country claim a seven-wicket win against SA Country, while East Asia-Pacific continued their good form with a five-wicket win over WA Country
QLD Country and East Asia-Pacific are equal on six points on the T20 table ahead of tomorrow’s matches, with SA Country and VIC Country one win in behind.
For fixtures, results, ladders and statistics throughout the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships, head to www.countrychamps.com.au
Women’s Division – Round 1 & 2 T20 matches
QLD Country 1-133cc off 20 overs (A. Weeks 63*, A. Paton 49) def by NSW Country 6-134 off 20 overs (L. Griffith 49*)
East Asia-Pacific 95 off 20 overs (E. Gallagher 3-7) def by VIC Country 6-96 off 20 overs (S. Townsend 45, R. Oa 3-16)
SA Country 2-139cc off 20 overs (B. Perry 62*) def NT 107 off 19.1 overs (J. Page 32, C. Fiebig 3-2)
SA Country 6-117cc off 20 overs (H. Armstrong 46, P. Siaka 3-13) def by East Asia-Pacific 5-118 off 18.2 overs (V. Frank 30)
WA Country 9-89cc off 20 overs (C. Moscript 2-9) def by VIC Country 2-93 off 17 overs (R. O’Donnell 35)
NSW Country 5-133cc off 20 overs (R. Kady 42) def NT 6-99cc off 20 overs (J. Page 65*)
Men’s Division – Round 3 T20 matches (rescheduled)
VIC Country 90 off 19.5 overs (A. Knezevic 2-14, S. Winton 3-15) def by QLD Country 0-91 off 14.3 overs (G. Fox 55*)
SA Country 9-101cc off 20 overs def by NSW Country 3-107 off 18 overs
WA Country 8-133cc off 20 overs (C. Rutgers 45, A. Mansale 3-25) def by East Asia-Pacific 5-134