Western Australia's Under 17 Male coach Lindsay Flinn says
there were plenty of lessons learned from the National Championships which
concluded in Hobart on Thursday.
WA finished last, managing just one win and
suffering four defeats during the Championships, although the side were in good
positions to push for victory in several matches.
The team's final game saw them go down to tournament winners Victoria,
who were reduced to 6-118 before scrambling their way to 236. WA fell short in
reply after slumping to 7-39. They were bowled out for 180.
"In their first innings we had Victoria on the ropes a
bit but then we couldn't bowl them out," Flinn said. "It was like the
New South Wales game and the Queensland game. It was a familiar theme
In their third game, WA posted 287 and had Queensland 7-249 before their tailenders got them over the line, while it was a similar story against
NSW. WA made 289 and had the Blues 8-172
before their tail completed the job, with Flinn's side unable to bowl them out.
"We really lacked penetration and depth with our
bowling," Flinn said.
WA also lost by one run in their opening 50-over game
against Northern Territory, having needed just two runs off the final three
Flinn added: "There's a lot of talent in the group but
we just couldn't really play well in the key moments."
However Flinn said there was plenty to take away from the
"We learned a lot about the players' temperament
especially in the second week when it gets really hard," he said.
"There's those guys who fall away and guys who step up.
It's a good way to identify players. It's the only chance you get because they
don't play under that pressure back home.
"You can't really make that judgement
until you're here. Some guys have done well and some have been
Flinn highlighted several members of the side for praise
including Joondalup batsman Clint Hinchliffe, who made 59 and 89 against Queensland and
NSW, along with Midland-Guildford's Bevan Bennell, who took 10 wickets in the first three games.
"Clint Hinchliffe was very good. Bennell was a good
player in the first week but tired a bit. He needs to get fitter," Flinn
"Rhys Hampson was very good, the second week especially. He
really came on and had an outstanding game against Victoria where he took 5-73 off
30 overs and made 69 batting at number eight.
"The captain Cameron Steel was good, he batted well at
times and bowled well too. He's a promising cricketer.
"Jake Lewis is a really good young player too, he's got
another year in 17s. He's lacked a bit of confidence but got 30 against
Victoria which was a positive."
Joondalup wicket-keeper and batsman Jaron Morgan top scored for WA during
the Championships with 194 runs, including a century against Northern Territory. Claremont-Nedlands' Steel was next best with 177 runs at 44.25, while Hinchliffe made 165 runs.
Bennell was the best of the bowlers with 12 wickets, while
Hampson (Bayswater-Morley) and Steel both claimed seven scalps during the tournament.
NT 9-201 (Bennell 5-14, Steel 2-40) def WA 7-200 (Morgan
103, Steel 37)
ACT 193 (Bennell 3-45, McPhee 2-42) def by WA 4-199 (Carder
66, Steel 61*)
WA 287 (Hinchliffe 59, Bennell 51, Morgan 44) def by
Queensland 9-307 dec (Bennell 2-36, Hampson 2-57, Guthrie 2-62)
WA 289 (Hinchliffe 89, Steel 52, Morgan 34) def by NSW 9-291
(Wilson 3-48, Steel 3-77)
Victoria 236 (Hampson 5-73, Lewis 2-18, Bennell 2-42) def WA
180 (Hampson 69, McPhee 36)