The WA Country XI powered to a dominant grand final victory at the WACA on Sunday to secure the Statewide T20 Community Cup in their third attempt at the new format. Last year the WA Country XI lost to WACA Premier side Melville, and in 2018 they lost the final to Wanneroo, who were the WACA Premier T20 champions of that year. But it was a case of third time lucky for the WA Country outfit as they won a tense semifinal over the Perth Scorchers Culture Cup XI and then thrashed the Cricket West XI to hold the trophy aloft. Captained by Mt Barker’s Jeremy Wood, the WA Country XI recorded a resounding eight-wicket win in the decider. Set 97 to win after terrific spells from Albany spearhead Nathan Crudeli and Eastern Goldfields’ Matthew Carter, the WA Country XI cruised past the total in 12 overs. Bevan Bennell (63 runs off 43 balls) and Michael Noble (25) virtually got the WA Country XI home after an 87-run opening stand. Ex-Mt Barker fast bowler Jacob Wintle struck the first blow and then Nathan Crudeli snared two quick wickets to leave Cricket West 3-18. Carter’s spell was superb as he ripped through the middle order with 4-24 and Crudeli finished with 3-10 off three overs as Cricket West were bowled out for 96. Earlier WA Country XI prevailed over the Perth Scorchers Culture Cup XI by two runs in a thrilling finish. The Culture Cup outfit finished 9-125 in their chase of 128 to win as ex-Albany bowler Julian Crudeli (3-21), Carter (2-15) and Nathan Crudeli (2-39) all took multiple wickets. WA Country XI recovered from 2-13 to post 8-127 batting first as Julian Crudeli (34) and Michael Tassone (21) steadied the innings before late contributions from Wood (17) and Nathan Crudeli (14) set a decent target.