On a rain-affected day at the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships, East Asia-Pacific broke through for their first victory in three years.
Day three of the championships saw two rounds of Twenty20 matches played, with the morning matches all abandoned after getting starts.
A delayed start to the afternoon match between East Asia-Pacific and Victoria Country saw their match reduced to 11 overs per side.
VIC Country were sent in, finishing their innings at 4-84 on the back of 27 off 23 deliveries to Taylor Beard, and 24 off 13 deliveries from Cole Roscholler.
With the ball, VIC Country skipper Ben Boyd led the charge, picking up three early wickets to reduce East Asia-Pacific to 3-27.
But opener Kipling Doriga maintained his cool up one end, finishing unbeaten on 27 off 17 balls, as captain Andrew Mansale (28 off 19) and then Hiri Hiri (14 not out off eight) helped to seal victory with seven balls to spare.
Hiri finished the match with two big sixes, hitting the winning runs with a big blow over midwicket.
In the two night matches, Queensland Country won a thriller against New South Wales Country, while South Australia Country cruised past Western Australia Country.
QLD Country batted first at University Oval against NSW Country, compiling a total of 7-130 on the back of a half-century from James Spargo (54).
In reply, NSW Country looked in command of their run chase midway through their innings, before falling one run short.
Kaine Harmsworth was unbeaten on 66 for NSW Country, with Ben O’Connell picking up two wickets.
SA Country chased down WA Country’s total of 9-106 with six wickets and more than two overs to spare.
WA Country skipper Jono Whitney top-scored for his side with 35, with Alexander Garlick picking up four wickets for SA Country, before teammate Cameron Sumner (28) guided the run chase.
When play was abandoned in the morning matches, NSW Country were 0-63 off 6.4 overs against SA Country, VIC Country were 5-86 off 14 overs against QLD Country and WA Country were 1-50 off eight overs against East Asia-Pacific.
T20 matches continue tomorrow for the men’s division, with the first round of women’s matches also to be played.
For fixtures, results, ladders and statistics throughout the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships, head towww.countrychamps.com.au
Scores in brief (completed matches)
Victoria Country 4-84cc off 11 overs (T. Beard 27*) def by East Asia-Pacific 4-88 off 9.5 overs (A. Mansale 28, B. Boyd 3-21)
Queensland Country 7-130cc off 20 overs (J. Spargo 54, P. Darwen 3-19) def New South Wales Country 6-129cc off 20 overs (K. Harmsworth 66*, B. O’Connell 2-19)
Western Australia Country 9-106cc off 20 over (J. Whitney 35, A. Garlick 4-13) def by South Australia 4-107 off 17.1 overs (C. Sumner 28)