All Stars vs Australian Representative Country XI
By Ryan Walker
5th January 2018
Hundreds flocked to Wonthella Oval on Thursday 4th of January 2018 to witness the All Stars vs Australian Representative Country XI T20 matchup, featuring some of the best country talent from across Australia as well as former stars of Australian cricket. Some notable names included Brett Geeves, Chris Simpson, Mark Harrity, Jim Allenby as well as current Western Australia Warriors player Simon Mackin.
With a healthy crowd in attendance, under a balmy Wonthella evening, the Country XI went into bat and got off to a fantastic start cracking a couple of 6’s early to get their powerplay off to a encouraging start however some tight bowling from Simon Mackin and Ringo McKenna kept the Country XI at bay.
The Country XI took over in the middle overs, with constant scoring making it hard for the All Stars to get any solid momentum with their bowling, even turning to Brett Geeves’s off-spin turners which almost bought the house down in the later overs. The stand out performance for the country batsmen was Michael Allen, finishing 70* off 43 balls, Johnno Whitby with 36 and Jordan Moran with 36 as well, country finishing with a score of 3/176.
All Stars went into bat knowing that anything less than an outstanding performance wouldn’t be sufficient against a hungry and talented country side, coached by Lenny Martin. Young WA prospect Julian Crudeli opened the bowling with some real pace, absolutely sending them down and the ACA players were being tested with the first over ending in a maiden which set the tone for the rest of the game. Some strong individual performances from Clint Yates and Jim Allenby with a 48 and 31 respectively helped the All Stars put a respectable of 129 on the board.
However, it all finished up with a Country XI victory by 47 runs in a game played with terrific spirit. Congratulations to all who partook in the game, it was a great curtain raiser to the championships and a special thanks to the City of Greater Geraldton, Geraldton Cricket Board and volunteers for putting on a fantastic event and the enthusiastic crowd as well. See below for the video highlights of the game.
COUNTRY XI (3/176 off 20 Overs, Allen 70*, Harrity 1/10 (2)
ALL STARS (8/129 off 20 Overs, Yates 48, Boyd 3/18 (3), Stockdale 2/9 (2)
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