Crudeli key to WA’s final day victory

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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The WA Country XI men’s side avoided finishing bottom in the overall and one-day standings after a bonus-point victory over East Asia Pacific on the final day of the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton on Saturday.

Albany fast bowler Nathan Crudeli helped WA to their second win in the one-day format, taking four wickets as WA defended their total of 162 to secure five vital points.

WA batted first and were all out inside 40 overs, with Reece O’Connell top-scoring with 70 while Railways’ Zane Marwick (5), Mt Barker’s Jeremy Wood (1) and Railways’ Crudeli (0) failed to add significant contributions.

Crudeli, however, fired with the ball to take his best figures of the tournament as his 4-31 off 10 overs helped roll East Asia Pacific for 87.

That result helped WA finish fifth in the one-day standings with two wins, and also fifth in the overall standings with three wins from their 10 matches to leave South Australia last of the six competing teams.

The Great Southern trio had a terrific day in WA’s thrilling one-run win over South Australia on Thursday.

Wood made a handy 37 off 50 balls down the order as WA made 8-186 before Crudeli took 1-30 with the ball.

South Australia needed four runs off the final ball to win or three for a tie and were returning for a second run following a wide delivery when Wood and Marwick combined to run out Alex Hentschke as their opponents finished all out for 185.

Behind the stumps, Marwick had a day out, involved in two run-outs to go with a stumping and a catch.

Crudeli took a catch and had a run out and Wood also took a catch. WA’s title hopes ended on Wednesday when they copped a 10-wicket belting from Queensland before New South Wales chased down WA’s total of 213 inside 25 overs for a double bonus point on Friday.

In the women’s division, WA also avoided a last-placed finish after breaking through for their first win of the championships in their last regular game against Northern Territory.

Albany’s Bonnie Crook and Mt Barker’s Georgie Middleton were named in the WA team.

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