After winning the toss and electing to bat first, WA Invitational struggled to settle in as openers Aaron Burrage (1) and Calum How (10) fell cheaply.

Beven Bennell managed to steady the ship scoring 43 off 40 balls but his wicket led to a middle-order collapse. WA Invitational losing three wickets in just one over and leaving them 6-73.

A solid effort from the lower order batsmen, Joy (30), Francis (28) and Gollan (23) saw WA Invitational XI manage to finish with 205 runs.

Chasing 206 to win, BDCA’s opening batsman Justin Woods got off to a good start getting 45 runs off 71 balls. Tight bowling from WA Invitational’s Daniel Gollan saw him claim 2-10 off seven overs, including two maiden overs.

In a powerful performance, BDCA’s Clint Hewson scored 25 runs off 16 balls but it wasn’t enough to claim the win, BDCA ended the innings 10-193.

The WA Invitational captain Julian Crudeli admitted the win was a struggle for the team.

“We got into a lot of trouble early on and it was a massive effort from our lower order to get us to 205,” Crudeli said

“We won the Country Cup last year and we talked early in the season about going back to back.

“It took a lot to get us here, we have had boys travel from all over the State to play for us this season, so we are absolutely wrapped to take the win.”