Butler in Australian country XI team

Cameron Newbold, ALBANY ADVERTISERAlbany Advertiser
Albany’s Patrick Butler (right) with fellow WA players Shayne Bidwell (left) and Lauren Mainwaring.
Camera IconAlbany’s Patrick Butler (right) with fellow WA players Shayne Bidwell (left) and Lauren Mainwaring. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Albany leg spinner Patrick Butler has been rewarded for a stellar performance at the Men's Australian Country Cricket Championships in Mt Gambier over the past week with selection in the Australian Country XI men's team.

Playing in his second ACCC, Butler was a key to WA heading into the final day of the carnival with a chance of taking out the overall title.

A loss to South Australia, however, ended those title hopes and WA eventually finished fourth in the standings but the efforts by Butler with the ball didn't go unnoticed.

The 20-year-old talent was named in the 12-man Australian Country XI alongside fellow WA player Shayne Bidwell.

Julian Crudeli was the last Albany player to make the Austraian Country XI back in 2011.

Butler claimed 13 wickets at the championships, one behind leading wicket-taker Ben Boyd, at an average of 17.46, with his best figures of 5-58 coming against New South Wales.

"There are so many talented players at the tournament," Butler said.

"To know I held my own and played a significant role for my team is great."

The former North County and Royals player, who is currently with WACA-grade side Midland-Guildford, said it was humbling when his name was read out for the Australia Country XI.

"It's one of the best feelings I've ever had," he said.

"All the boys were great and supported me. "I couldn't be happier."

Fellow Albany players Julian Crudeli and Hayden Burling also performed well for WA at the carnival with Crudeli winning the Doug Walters fielding award, which is voted 3-2-1 by the umpires at each game.

Crudeli had a lean run with the bat making just 63 runs at an average of 12.6, but he fired with the ball taking eight wickets at 16.9 from 44.2 overs with an economy rate of 3 runs per over.

Burling had limited opportunities but bowled 25.1 overs in which he took three wickets at 31.1 and also had an economy rate of 3.7.

"Burlo bowled really well, his figures didn't represent how he bowled," Butler said.

"Julian was a bit unlucky with the bat, but with the ball he was back to his fast pace after his injuries. To have three players in the WA Country XI is a massive thing for our town."

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