Goldfields will go into this weekend’s Toyota T20 Country Cup finals at
Breckler Park in Dianella as the favourites as they strive for their fourth
title in six years.
The annual Toyota Country Cup takes place over two days on Sunday and
Monday, with the five best teams from regional associations to compete for the
crown and $800.
All five teams will play each other once, with five rounds of fixtures
from 9am, 12pm and 3pm on Sunday and 9am and 12pm on Monday. There will be a trophy
presentation at 3pm on Monday, including the announcement of the Brad Hogg
medal winner for best player in the finals.
Five-time champions Eastern Goldfields will look to continue their
recent domination, with reigning champions West Pilbara failing to qualify this
West Pilbara were beaten by Fortescue in the Pilbara pool. The boys
from Tom Price and Paraburdoo are competing for the first time in the finals
series and will be keen to make an impression.
They will have travelled 3000 kilometres by the time they get home on
Monday evening and being a carpet competition, not many of their players will
have much, if any experience on turf.
Albany will be looking to spoil the Eastern Goldfields party with
another strong finals weekend showing after last year narrowly missing out on
hoisting the coveted Cup for the best T20 Country Association.
Five-time winners Peel will be looking to end their decade-long drought
after winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. Peel look to have primed
themselves for this season’s competition, with a strong 2-0 showing in the
best-of-three encounter against Busselton-Margaret River in the qualifying
Bunbury and Districts were dominant in the last decade winning three
titles (2001, 2005 and 2007) and came within a breath of winning it against
Eastern Goldfields a few seasons ago so they will be hungry to get their name
back on the winners list.
WACA Country Cricket Coordinator Tim Lees said: "Sincere thanks to
Michael Beros from Toyota for their support of the Toyota Country Cup and
cricket in Australia, it is phenomenal which is very much appreciated by all
who work in and participate in regional cricket in WA.”
Competing sides: Peel CA, Fortescue CA, Bunbury & Districts CA,
Albany CA, Eastern Goldfields CA