A century one day, a six-fer the next. It’s every cricketer’s dream to dominate with bat and ball, but young Esperance all-rounder Zach Warren made it a reality at Country Week. Batting at No.3 for Esperance/Great Southern in the U16s B division after the regions amalgamated, Warren strode to the crease at 1-48 against Busselton/Margaret River. 118 balls later, the 15-year-old walked back to the sheds still unbeaten and sitting on precisely 100, having led his side to 6-214. “I went out there and did my thing and was fortunate enough to score a hundred,” he told The West Australian. “I started off by grinding. I scored my first 50 off probably 80 balls, so I chipped away at it and tried to build an innings, and then in the back 50, I was more aggressive and went for my shots.” Warren even chipped in a wicket as Busselton/Margaret River were rolled for 88. However, the right-arm swing bowler was saving wickets for the match the next day against the Pilbara, claiming an extraordinary 6-7 opening the bowling after the Pilbara elected to bat. “I try to get it swinging a bit,” Warren said. “I love bowling to a left-hander, and their opener was a lefty, so I angled it across him and swung it away and edged him off behind. “Everyone else was a right-hander, so I just tried to get it swinging back into them, and I probably clean-bowled three of them, I think.” The win over the Pilbara saw Esperance/Great Southern reach the semifinals, but a loss to eventual champion Eastern Goldfields ended their hopes. 2024 was Warren’s fourth and final crack at junior Country Weeks, with the aspiring cricketer set to join the senior ranks next season, a challenge he says he will relish. “It’ll be a bit of a transition, but it’s exciting. It should be good to get in alongside some older players who have more experience and can teach me more,” he said. “I’ll miss junior country because it’s pretty special, but you’ve got to take that opportunity because it leads to so many other things in the future, and other doors open up when people can see how you play.” Country Week also saw a special milestone for the Cornish family, with three generations among the ranks of hard-working umpires. Doug (grandad), Troy (dad), and Jayden (son) all took central roles through the junior and senior matches.