It was a day of mixed results at the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships in Wollongong, with Victoria Country the only team to win both of its T20 matches in the men’s division.
In the rain-affected mornings matches, VIC Country recorded its first T20 triumph with a nail-biting six-run win over Western Australia Country at King George V Oval.
Jake Best (21 not out) and Cole Roscholler (20 off 20 balls) pushed VIC Country to 7-112 from its 19 overs.
In reply, WA Country was strangled in the early overs, particularly by Victorian opening bowlers Lachlan Dobson (1-9 off four overs) and Ben Boyd (2-21).
Despite some lusty hitting by Julian Crudeli (38 not off from 19 balls), the Victorians held on for the win.
At Keira Oval, South Australia Country pulled itself past Queensland Country despite a slow start with the bat.
At just 1-24 after 8 overs - chasing 100 from 16 overs – SA Country turned it around on the back of Ben Pengelley’s 37 from 18 balls.
In the morning's other fixture, East Asia Pacific made it two wins on the bounce with a thrilling last ball win over NSW Country in a match that was shortened to five overs each.
Having already secured one win for the day, VIC Country made it two wins from two with a 15-run win over South Australia, despite Ben Pengelley scoring a brilliant half century for SA Country
Taylor Beard (3-13 from four overs) and Tom Mathieson (3-17 from 3.1 overs) did the damage with the ball for the Victorians as they dismissed SA Country for 122 in reply to their total of 7-137.
Queensland eased past East Asia-Pacific by 31 runs, despite a determined half century to EAP batsman Kiplin Doriga.
Doriga hit 64 from 51 balls, including four sixes, however his cameo wasn't enough to reel in QLD Country’s 5-155, with Chris Stanger claiming 3-20 for the Queenslanders.
Western Australia defeated NSW Country by seven runs in the other fixture at Hollymount Park East.
The women’s division of the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Country Championships began at 6pm, with reigning champions East Asia-Pacific taking on VIC Country, and QLD Country up against NSW Country.
For fixtures, results, ladders and statistics throughout the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships, head to www.countrychamps.com.au
Scores in brief – men’s division
QLD Country 5-99cc off 16 overs (S. Fitzsimmons 26, J. Fidler 2-10) def by SA Country 5-102 off 14.1 (B. Pengelley 37)
VIC Country 7-112cc off 19 overs (N. Crudeli 3-13) def WA Country 6-106cc off 19 overs (J. Crudeli 38*, B. Boyd 2-21)
NSW Country 3-37cc off 5 overs (P. Raho 2-7) def by East Asia-Pacific 4-39 off 4.5 overs (A. Mansale 19*)
QLD Country 5-155cc off 20 overs (S. Fitzsimmons 46, B. O’Connell 35, N. Pokana 3-28)def East Asia-Pacific 124 off 18.2 overs (K. Doriga 64, C. Stanger 20)
VIC Country 7-137cc off 20 overs (L. Stockdale 42, C. Roscholler 32, S. Nottle 2-20)) def SA Country 122 off 18.1 overs (B. Pengelley 51, T. Mathieson 3-17, T. Beard 3-13)
WA Country 5-134cc off 20 overs (Z. Marwick 50*, B. Mitchell 2-25) def NSW Country 8-128cc off 20 overs (K. Gray 33, P. Butler 3-25)
by Jack Clifton