04 March 2020
Country XI Claim T20 Community Cup
The best representative players across community cricket associations around Western Australia took to the WACA Ground this weekend in the new format Statewide T20 Community Cup, with the Country XI side claiming the ultimate bragging rights as best in the State.
Tim Hale was the stand out for the Aboriginal side top scoring with 43 and helping his team reach 7-105 in their 20 overs, while the outstanding figures of 4-10 saw Cricket West’s Craig Stewart best with the ball.
Julian Crudeli (34) led the Country side to victory by two runs in the second semi-final against the Perth Scorchers Culture Cup XI, helping reach a total of 8-127.
Culture Cup’s Azam Abdullah (41) and Bahadur Ali (31) combined for a strong partnership in the run chase, but ultimately fell just short to the bowling of Crudeli (3-21) and Matthew Carter (2-15).
In the Final, Country XI met Cricket West XI and a dominate performance both with bat and ball saw Country claim the Cup by eight wickets after getting Cricket West all out for 96.
Country’s Matthew Carter (4-24) did the most damage with restricting Cricket West’s top scorer - Michael O’Day to 27 runs.
Chasing 97 to win, Beven Bennell’s (63) half century, supported by Michael Noble with a handy 25, made it an easy feat. Cricket West’s only two wickets coming from Craig Stewart (2-10).
Steve Philippe, WACA Area Manager – Country said;
“It was a really successful day with this new format, now that the Perth Scorchers Culture Cup XI have been added in place of Premier Cricket it makes for a truer Community Cup,” he said.
“It should be a long standing competition now… each team (besides the Aboriginal XI) have their own leagues throughout the summer in order to select their best representatives.
“This means the best country players come up against the best metro players to become an inclusive, high quality competition… and this year the country came out on top!”
The WACA’s Statewide Game Development committee approved the new format and it’s likely to continue in its current format going forward for the foreseeable future.