Northern Territory secured its first win at the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships today, defeating Western Australia Country in their women's division T20 match.
Chasing 7-112 against WA Country, NT reached their target successfully with two balls remaining and four wickets left. Julie Page again led from the front for the NT with 44 from 34 balls, including five fours and a six.
New South Wales Country lost its first game of the tournament to South Australia Country by 10 runs.
SA Country opener Brittany Perry scored 62 as her side posted 7-132 from its 20 overs.
In reply, NSW Country lost wickets in clumps to fall ten runs short, with Rachel Cady top-scoring with 34.
In the morning's other fixture, Victoria Country won a low-scoring encounter against Queensland Country.
VIC Country struggled to get on top of the QLD Country bowling and posted just 112 all out in the 20th over.
However the Victorian bowlers dug in and restricted Queensland to 9-94 from 20 overs to record a 18-run win. Leg-spinner Chelsea Moscript was superb with 5-18 from four overs.
VIC Country added another win in the afternoon, scoring a 76-run triumph against NT, while QLD Country overpowered SA Country to the tune of 62 runs and East Asia-Pacific secured an eight-wicket victory over WA Country.
In the men’s division, VIC Metro scored a big win over ladder-leaders QLD Country in their one-day match.
A century from Nathan Walsh (136) guided VIC Country to a total of 5-252 from 50 overs, and a five-wicket haul from Tom Mathieson saw QLD Country dismissed for 178.
NSW Country kept their chances of winning the tournament alive with a strong win against SA Country.
Jordan Moran’s 146 and Kieran Gray’s 90 propelled NSW Country to a mammoth score of 4-311.
Cameron Sumner (46) was the pick of SA Country’s batsmen, as Patrick Darwen and Cameron Suidgeest each picked up four wickets to help seal a 150-run win.
WA Country’s Julian Crudeli produced an all-round effort to help his side taste victory against East Asia-Pacific.
Crudeli’s unbeaten 62 with the bat ensured WA Country posted a competitive 9-209 from 50 overs, before he chipped in with three wickets to dismiss East Asia-Pacific for 115.
Alei Nao impressed for East Asia-Pacific, scoring 32 runs with the bat and finishing with figures of 4-24.
Matches continue tomorrow in Wollongong in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
For fixtures, results, ladders and statistics throughout the 2017 Commonwealth Bank Australian Country Cricket Championships, head to www.countrychamps.com.au
VIC Country 112 (E. Flynn 4-28) def QLD Country 9-94cc (A. Spina 39, C. Moscript 5-18)
SA Country 2-132cc (B. Perry 62*, H. Armstrong 35) def NSW Country 7-122cc (R. Cady 34, M. Lugg 30)
WA Country 7-112cc (L. Muller 2-21) def by NT 6-113 (J. Page 44, B. Stray 27)
QLD Country 7-128cc (S. Baldwin 41, C. Fiebig 3-25) def SA Country 66 (C. Musk 3-4, L. Shackleton 3-15)
VIC Country 5-126cc (C. Moscript 45, L. Muller 2-19) def NT 50 (C. Neale 3-2, C. Moscript 3-13)
WA Country 68 (C. Wain 39, N. Ovasuru 3-14) def by East Asia-Pacific 2-70 (S. Jimmy 27)
Round 8 – one-day matches
WA Country 9-209cc (J. Crudeli 62*, A. Nao 4-24) def East Asia-Pacific 115 (A. Nao 32, A. Mansa 31, J. Crudeli 3-34)
VIC Country 5-252cc (N. Walsh 136, C. Roscholler 43, L. Stockade 38) def QLD Country 178 (J. Spargo 47, B. O’Connell 43, T. Mathieson 5-20)
NSW Country 4-311cc (J. Moran 146, K. Gray 90, K. Harmsworth 30, B. Smith 4-67) def SA Country 161 (C. Sumner 46, P. Darwen 4-23, C. Suidgeest 4-27)