Williams stands out

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The WA Country XI women’s team went winless at the Australian Country Cricket Championships which wrapped up in Wollongong last Wednesday, despite another impressive carnival from Albany’s Samara Williams.

Williams was one of three Great Southern cricketers in the WA women’s side that took part in the tournament which consisted of Twenty20 matches starting on January 6.

Making her second appearance at the championships, Williams finished with 102 runs and one wicket in six matches to be among WA’s best players.

Williams’ best effort with the bat was an unbeaten 47 against New South Wales at No.3 in the last qualifying game, but it wasn’t enough to book a finals berth.

WA made 4-98, which NSW successfully chased down in 15 overs for the loss of only two wickets.

Williams, who now lives in Perth, also made scores of 24, 19, 12 and 0 to finish with 102 runs at an average of 51 — the fourth best average of any player in the tournament.

Mt Barker’s Georgie Middleton had a strong debut performance at the championships as a frontline bowler.

Middleton took just the one wicket from 10.2 overs, but that scalp came against eventual champions East Asia Pacific and she returned 1-23. She also made 10 runs in four innings with the bat.

Albany’s Bonnie Crook also toured with the WA side but had limited opportunities, making five runs in her two innings.

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