Bunbury & Districts Cricket Association
have narrowly edged out Albany Cricket Association to be crowned 2015 Toyota
Country Cup winners at Breckler Park on Monday.
BDCA finished top of the pile by less than
0.1 on net run rate, ahead of Albany, despite a final round loss to
Albany, led by Craig Tonkin’s 69, thrashed
2013 winners Eastern Goldfields by 49 runs in the final round, but it wasn’t
enough to leapfrog Bunbury.
Bunbury’s Jono Whitney (pictured, top right) was a key to their
success, finishing as the top scorer with 186 from four games at an average of
Bowler Ben Saunders finished with a wet
sail, taking eight wickets in Bunbury’s final two games, to end the Country Cup
finals as equal leading wicket-taker alongside Peel’s Andrew Tatterson with
nine scalps.Whitney and Albany all-rounder Patrick
Butler (pictured, bottom right) were joint winners of the Cup finals’ best individual player award, the
Brad Hogg medal.
Hogg was on hand to present the awards at
the Cup finals presentation at Breckler Park on Monday afternoon.
Butler posted 127 runs at 42.33 for Albany,
while he also took seven wickets throughout the finals at an imposing average
Bunbury and Albany faced off in the opening
round of fixtures, with the eventual champions getting home by seven wickets.
Whitney crunched 32 off 22 balls in the
win, as Bunbury chased down Albany’s score of 6-96 with more than three overs
to spare. Reece O’Connell took two wickets before managing 25 with the bat too.
Bunbury finished on 18 points with a net run rate of 1.3937, while Albany and Peel were next both on 18 points with net run rates of 1.2983 and -0.3110 respectively.
Pre-tournament favourites Eastern Goldfields finished in fourth with six points ahead of last-placed Fortescue who failed to register a win.